Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la…la la la la…. This is truly a joyous time of the year, where we all celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. One of my family’s favorite traditions is to of course bake cookies and then decorate them into classic holiday characters. Nothing is more exciting and fun than to watch those time honored holiday movies while the beautiful smell of fresh baked cookies is in the air.
If you were to tell me 11 years ago I would be baking with 4 kids, as well as sharing it with all of you lovely readers. I think I would have just giggled and brushed it off as a crazy person’s dream. Low and behold 11 years later I am able to share with my children and you this super moist and delicious cookie recipe that I LOVE to make with my kiddos.
The thing about this recipe is it calls for little hands to help you. Everything from adding ingredients to decorating these yummy cookies, requires many hands. I remember sitting in the kitchen when I was 14 doing this, all I could think was why am I doing this alone? Well I guess my prayers have been answered because I have 4 sets of extra hands to do my dirty work (insert evil laugh).
Since the holidays is about sharing I made sure to share our cookies with our family and friends. This year the kids are excited to share their hand decorated cookies with their teachers. They can’t wait to hear what their teachers say about their rudolfs and snowmen. The secret to keeping my cookies MOIST and also fresh is the Glad Press and Seal Plastic Wrap. It’s a no mess no stress wrap that I absolutely love to use with my recipes. Also the SUPER CUTE! Holiday designs are a bonus which seem to keep everyone in spirit during the days leading up to the holiday.
To package my cookies I use the Holiday Edition Glade Tupperware Bowls. Why might you ask am I so specific? Well I trust this brand to keep the cookies airtight fresh as well stylishly beautiful. I also use large Cupcake holders for the cookies to sit in. This helps them stay separate in the bowl as well as not move around and crash into each other. That’s all we need is rudolf crashing into our snowmen. When I get my bowls ready for gifting. I use some colorful ribbons and some mini ornaments to accompany the hand written gift tags. My kids love to draw on them and write little notes to whomever they are gifting it to.
Every year the kids change up how they decorate their characters, it’s always fun to see how creative they become. This year I challenged them to just use a few colored royal icing, and M&M Baking Mini’s. Here’s the kicker, they had to use up ALL of the M&M’s I gave them. To my surprise they managed to accomplish this mission, although I feel as though they ate the ones they didn’t use. Cause for some reason when I compared the bag to what was used on the cookies, it doesn’t seem to add up. It would explain why they all had deer eyes when I congratulated them on completing the mission.
Since I am the super duper person I am I will share with you my secret ingredient for these super moist cookies. It’s Quaker Oatmeal! I use the Quick 1 Minute version for this recipe, as shown in the photo below. That’s right! So simple yet so much yummy packed flavor it will make your family say OOOOhhh….. I like to add mine to my cookies since my kids LOVE LOVE LOVE Oatmeal cookies. It’s something I experimented with and found out was oh so perfect for these fun cookies. You can also head over to this link and save on these amazing products at Target right now with some exclusive offers.
What is your family’s favorite holiday tradition? How do you making baking memories with your family? If you scroll below you will be able to find the full recipe. Make sure you are loading up on decorating supplies at Target if you are enlisting your little ones to decorate. I cannot promise all of them will make it onto the cookie, they might just end up in their bellies LOL. So make sure to double your M&M Mini Baking bag’s just in case.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Blend together the butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
- Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add fresh cranberries and then fold in with a spatula .
- Drop by Tablespoon onto parchment covered baking sheet.
- Refridgeratore over night
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. DO NOT OVER BAKE! Let sit and cool.
- Take cookie cutters and the cut the cookies into your desired shapes. Decorate with Frosting and M&M Baking Minis.