Commercials make it look so easy and peaceful, don’t they? Let’s be honest: it’s not always the stuff of commercials. What starts out as a wonderful holiday memory can leave kids bored and whiny, your floor covered in sprinkles, the kitchen a disaster area, and lots of frosting in your hair.
If you’re looking for a fun way—and easy way—to decorate cookies with kids this Christmas, We’ve got you covered. It only take a bit of prep work on your part the day before and you’ll be set up for a stress-free, mess-free (!) cookie decorating session.
We love this tutorial from The Pioneer Woman
The secret to this cookie decorating success? Food coloring pens!
First, start by making the cookies. Use whatever cut-out cookie recipe floats your boat.
You’ll also need royal icing. Here is a recipe for royal icing made without meringue powder.
The key is making the cookies and royal icing at least a day before decorating.
You’ll thin the royal icing with a bit of water, stirring gently as you go until, when you run a knife through the bowl of icing, the line disappears in about 20 seconds. Pour the icing into a squeeze bottle and cover the cooled cookies.
Note: If you want to ensure that your icing is the whitest of white, stir in some white food coloring.
Use a toothpick to guide the icing in place and to pop any large air bubbles. Don’t worry about perfection here. Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight. If making them a few days early, store in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper. The cookies can even be frozen and then thawed at room temperature.
Once the cookies are made and the icing is completely dry (we cannot stress this enough), grab your kiddos, break out the food coloring pens, and let them go to town!
Another bonus? Because you made the cookies and icing the day before, the only thing to clean up after decorating is the pens!
Here’s hoping your Christmas is filled with love … and cookies! 🍪❤️
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Learn how to make fake snow that is cold to the touch using just 2 ingredients you already have! Kids love playing with this DIY snow that feels SO real! We love this super COOL craft from Make Life Lovely!
It’s surprisingly easy to make snow at home that naturally feels cold when you touch it (without having to put it in the freezer), is really fun to play with, and is a cinch to make with just two simple ingredients.
Bonus: This fake snow smells really amazing too!
Here’s how you can make your own snow without having to deal with freezing cold weather. Your kiddos are going to love this!
How to Make Fake Snow
- 2 lb. box of baking soda
- 1 can shaving cream
- Dish or container (to mix it all up in)
DIY Snow Directions:
Pour all of the 2 lb. box of baking soda into a plastic container with a lid.
Add some shaving cream, and knead it into the baking soda. Add more shaving cream, mix, and repeat, until the mixture is the consistency of snow.
The DIY fake snow become light and powdery, and will leave very little residue on your hands when fully mixed.
Takes about 10 minutes to mix it all in with your hands. Your kiddos will love to help mix!
We used one full can of shaving cream, plus a small amount of another can, but this will depend on the size of the can that you use.
Our shaving cream scent was called “Arctic Snow,” which was perfect for this project! I was going to add peppermint oil, but our DIY snow didn’t need it, since it already smelled amazingly brisk and cool due the shaving cream scent.
It was a nice surprise that our fake snow felt cold to the touch. I’m not sure why the mixture is cold, but it definitely makes it more realistic, and even more magical!
To add to the magic, we couldn’t resist adding Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christoff, and Sven to our DIY fake snow. Your little ones will be playing peacefully together with the snow for HOURS! Always nice for any mama! 😉
Would you ever have believed that it was so easy to make fake snow? We truly hope you enjoyed this how to make snow tutorial. If you give it a try, be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it went
Marshmallows are the perfect snowman canvas!
We love this simple, and yummy craft from The Decorated Cookie.
skewers or lollipop sticks
large gum drops
whole cloves or pretzel sticks
light corn syrup
NOTE: Feel free to use your creativity and any candy you find for the hat and nose! Use the larger marshmallows. Edible pens are available at craft stores, or you can find them online. Find skewers in the supermarket or drug store. If you can’t find candy corn, you can also tint fondant (found at the craft store) with orange food coloring to make the carrot nose. You can also substitute large chocolate sprinkles or pieces of black licorice lace for the cloves to make the snowman totally edible, or omit the arms altogether.
What To Do:
Skewer two marshmallows. Cut a large gum drop in half with a sharp knife and place on top of the marshmallows. Press skewer into gum drop to keep in place. Cut off the yellow bottom of a piece of candy corn and dab flat end in light corn syrup. Press onto the top marshmallow for the carrot nose. With a black edible pen, make dots for eyes and mouth. With any other color, make dots for buttons on the second marshmallow. Press cloves into sides for arms. (If you have difficulty getting cloves into the marshmallows, use a toothpick to make holes.) Let snowman rest on his back for a couple hours or overnight to let the nose dry.
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