Snowflake Christmas Cookies – Christmas Baking
These Snowflake Christmas Cookies are made using kids favorite gingerbread cookie dough and hard candy. Such a fun project to get kids involved in Christmas baking. Just roll the dough; let them cut out the shapes and add the crushed candy.
Video – Snowflake Christmas Cookies
See the cookies above? How pretty are they? There are three there that I did for this video to show you how I made them. The rest are all made by the kids.
I used my Traditional Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
You can find my traditional gingerbread cookies recipe here on my blog too. I have some ideas on how to decorate them with the kids too!
As you can see in the video above, the process is really simple easy and quick too. Here are a few progress pictures of the kids and my cookies.
A few tips when decorating these cookies
- Use a cookie dough that can take a bit of handling. Kids take longer to work with these so a rich butter cookie might not work well with the kids. A gingerbread cookie dough does well because when chilled it did really well.
- If you notice the kids cookies above are a bit thicker with a smaller center cut out making the cookie border thicker. Unlike mine below which is thinner with a larger center. That way it’s less delicate for the kids to handle the cookie cut out and move them from the rolling mat to the cookie sheet
- Place the whole cookie on the baking try first before you use the smaller cookie cutter. That way you don’t distort the shape.
- Make sure you crush the candy well before you fill the centers. That way it will melt evenly.
- Chill the cookies before you bake them, I find the work better.
- I usually bake these cookies for 10 minutes but for these I baked them for 11 to 12 minutes – so they baked a bit on the firm side.
- When the cookie is done. The centers will still be melted and bubbling. CAUTION!! Keep the kids away as the sugar center is really hot.
- Do not try to move the cookies from the baking tray until they are completely cooled. This can cause the center to break off.
- I waited for 10 minutes until I could move the spatula under each cookie. Then I moved it to the drying rack.
- Attempted to add a ribbon thru the hole only when completely cooled.
Here’s what we did with our cookies – we hung them on the Christmas Tree. This was probably the most exciting things with both my kids, they love the Christmas Tree!
I will be honest and tell you that I was not so comfortable adding them to the tree. I cleaned the area around well with a wet wipe before. You know just to be food safe.
And of course the cookies again.
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