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A Christmas Tradition: Baking and decorating cookies

This week’s #romancingthehome challenge has to be one of my favourites yet: holiday or family traditions! Now, I could lie to you and tell you that ever year, we put the tree up together on this day, we bake cookies on that day and we attend carols by candlelight the next day. But, as I said, that would be a lie! Honestly, we are very relaxed when it comes to Christmas. We take things as they come. Some years I have everything up and decorated before the 1st of December and some years I’m not. We are not always home for Christmas, so that might have something to do with it 🤔

Anyway, back to the topic at hand: Christmas traditions. I’ve already added decorating Christmas trees in the kids’ rooms as one new tradition, so why not add baking biscuits?! I mean, who doesn’t love a Christmas cookie?!

The kids were so excited when I told them that this would be another new tradition – they are certainly not going to let me get away with not doing this at least once every Christmas!

Baking the Cookies

Right, so if you know me, you know that I am lazy. I like finding an easy way out. I knew that the actual making of the dough would result in the kids getting bored and me standing for hours on end kneading and chilling dough on my own in the kitchen, while everyone else goes on their merry way. That was not going to happen! So, off I went to CAB foods and I bought, shock-horror, pre-made frozen cookie dough 😱. Added to this were new cookie cutters, a bag of icing sugar, food colouring and a selection of sprinkles.

We allowed the dough to defrost, floured our clean work surface and got to work rolling out the dough. Since we hadn’t wasted time on the boring process of making it, the kids were more than happy to start rolling.

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Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’…. nothing like a Limp Bizkit reference 😂

We then cut out our shapes and got baking. I have a small oven with only 2 cookie sheets, so that took a bit of time, but, surprisingly, the kids were quite content with rolling, cutting and, of course, eating the raw cookie dough.

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Cutting out the shapes; there was of course an argument about who got which shape!

Making the icing

Once we had baked all our cookies and allowed them to cool, we started with the icing and decorating. Are you ready for my special icing recipe? Are you?? Well… here it is:

Water Icing:
  • take a bowl and throw your icing sugar into it (yes, unsifted)
  • add a teaspoon of vanilla essence,
  • a few drops of food colouring,
  • and a teeny bit of water, just enough to create a paste
  • mix everything together
  • that’s it, you’re done!

Doing the decorating

I could have gotten fancy with little squeezy bottles per colour, but, I didn’t. Because I didn’t see it on Pinterest until it was too late. Instead, we just used teaspoons and butter knives to add and spread the icing, before covering our creations in sprinkles.

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The best part – icing and decorating!

Ready for eating!

That’s it – all done! The kids loved this new tradition, we all ate way too much and landed up on sugar highs, but it was worth it!

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So proud of his creation 😍

Now it’s your turn, tell me about your traditions – big or small, new or old, I’d love to hear about them!

Don’t forget to check out my awesome friends to see what it is that they get up to over this time:

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, that frozen, pre-made cookie dough made the most delicious cookies!

Until next time friends 😘

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