Pinterest Inspired Holiday Baking With The Kids

I, like a lot of other moms, have a pinterest obsession, lol! If you don’t believe me, you can see our boards here. I post a ton of great ideas on our facebook page, and a question I get asked a lot is, "do you ever really make this stuff you post??" Well yes, yes I do! Especially the food, haha ;)

This weekend I did a little holiday baking with my boys, all pinterest inspired, and here are the results:

Candy Cane Blossoms

Ingredients

  • 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

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But ok, I totally cheated and used those packets of sugar cookie mix instead of making them from scratch. Whatever, my kids don’t care and neither will yours!

Salted Caramel Cookies

Makes 16 cookies

Cookies:

1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel:

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat square. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out the fridge and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Hold the cookie steady with one hand and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger.  Note: I actually poked a hole using my knuckle (from my index finger) since I have nails. I also kind of molded them a little just to make sure they were purdy. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re just a little golden brown on the sides. Let them cool. While they’re cooling, make the caramel.

Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan. Do not stir. Cook over medium-high heat to a dark caramel, swirling as it begins to brown to distribute the sugar.  While the sugar and water are going at it, heat up the cream in a saucepan or microwave just until warm.

Take off the heat and add your room temperature butter.  Whisk the butter in, being sure it’s totally combined. Add your warmed cream and whisk vigorously.

By now your cookies should be cooled.  Spoon a teaspoon of warm caramel into the indentations of your cookies and top with sea salt. You can eat right away (the caramel will be goopy and wonderful), or let sit for 2 hours so the caramel sets. Fancy and fantastic!

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Anyone who even pretends to really know me, knows that I LOVE salted caramel!! So when I saw these, I had to make them asap! They were pretty easy to make, and if you’re feeling less than motivated, you could even use caramel topping instead of homemade. These cookies were amazing, and my kids loved them too :)

Christmas Tree Brownies

When I saw these on pinterest, I knew I would have to make them. My boys love brownies, and this would be something they could totally help me with.

Ingredients

Box brownie mix

Green icing (or vanilla icing with a few drops of green food coloring)

Sprinkles, mini m&m’s, etc. for decorating

Candy Canes, broken

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Grease bottom only of foil with cooking spray or shortening.
  • Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownie from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. To cut brownie into triangles, cut into 3 rows. Cut each row into 5 triangles, see diagram. Save smaller pieces for snacking.
  • Stir food color into frosting. Spoon frosting into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with decors.
  • Break off curved end of candy cane; insert straight piece into bottoms of triangles to make tree trunks.

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So obviously my kids got a little carried away with the m&ms but oh well, they had fun and that’s what matters :)

I would love to see pictures of your pinterest inspired holiday baking! Post them on our facebook page!!