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BFF gingerbread people

BFF gingerbread men

 

So I have this leftover gingerbread cookie dough from my gig over at Tablespoon. (If you visited me yesterday, you’ll note the silly gingerbread men.) Naturally, it was handed over to my seven year old daughter. She invented these BFF gingerbread people by smushing together the hands before baking. She wanted to be sure I told you she invented it.

 

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Boy and boy, girl and girl, boy and girl, BFFs, significant others… I won’t judge who you choose to smush together.

 

BFF gingerbread men

 

These are crazy easy to make, too. I have my own gingerbread cookie recipe, but from now on I’m cheating and using the Betty Crocker gingerbread mix. It’s so so much quicker to make, it rolls out really well, and it tastes delicious. And even though I do create fun food for General Mills now, I promise they didn’t pay me to say that and they have no idea I’m even writing this post.

Because it’s a Limited Edition, I had a hard time finding the gingerbread mix. I went to two Targets and four grocery stores until I discovered their Product Locator page. Then I found it at the Walmart just a few miles away. Ugh. Needless to say, I bought more than one.

Here is my daughter’s couple. I know, right? Genius in the execution.

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To make BFF gingerbread people, prepare the Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie dough according to package directions. I then chilled the dough for at least an hour. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, cut out your gingerbread people, then smush the hands together when you put them on the baking tray (lined with parchment paper, I suggest).

 

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Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes until the edges are well set. Let cool completely and decorate. To decorate, I just used the Betty Crocker white icing with the round tip, some red hot candies and some candy eyes.

 

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My daughter also made this Little Red Riding Hood with a heart basket:

 

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for Tablespoon: Silly gingerbread men

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My new love? The Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie mix. I have my own recipe I like, but it takes foreeeeeever to make with all the ingredients. This mix tastes awesome and takes minutes to make. Confession: My kid turned two the other day and I even used the gingerbread cookie mix to whip up gingerbread cake (it worked) at the last minute. Enough with the raves… on to the silliness.

Find the how-tos to make Stressed Out Gingerbread Men HERE at Tablespoon. 

Because aren’t we all stressed out this time of year?

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Wednesday Links: fun food and craft finds and Zoo Lights

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It’s that time of year where we hike up the hill at the National zoo in the dark with whining children complaining about cold toes: Zoo lights! And it’s much more fabulous than I just described it. Your first thought at entering the zoo and witnessing the colorful lights line the main walk way is, “This must have taken forever.” It’s truly impressive (though in the kids’ defense, cold), and it’s always fun to see what few animals are still awake after the time the zoo is ordinarily closed. Since the Great Ape, Small Mammal and Reptile Houses are open past closing, you also get some respites from the weather.

In the Visitor’s Center, the zoo houses zoo-themed gingerbread houses (this year, it was all about the pandas) and model train exhibits. Lights along the path cater to different themes (animals, of course, under the sea, flowers…). They have tubing and a little train ride, too. If you’re in Washington DC during the month of December, I urge you to visit.

 

And now you links. Follow all of the Wednesday Links at Pinterest.

Definitely pinning one-pan four cheese sun-dried tomato and spinach drunken pasta bake to make.

My kid would love to print on cardboard.

I do love this mountain pillow so.

No-bake polar bear cookies are completely adorable.

Make a simple, easy Santa hat cake.

How about a DIY paper mistletoe.

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how to make snowmen cookie sticks AND a snowman box game

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Why do I so love cookies in stick form? Because you don’t need any special cutters, they are an interesting shape for a cookie and they are easy to hold, thus eat. So first I made monsters, then turkeys, then Rudolph and now… snowmen! Snowmen were begging to be made as sticks.

snowman cookie sticks

I made these guys for my daughter’s school bake sale. Which was held at the Winter Fest. Which I ran. Well, co-ran. But yeah. I ran the Winter Fest. AND I made cookies for it. I’m impressing this upon you so you recognize me as the martyr I am. And I did it all with little to no apparent stress or anxiety. (That part isn’t true.)

We had tons of winter-themed crafts (paper snowballs ornamanets, cranberry and popcorn bird feeders, snowmen paint sticks, snow fairies, DIY luminaries), a chili cook off, some contests (a marshmallow igloo contest, a coloring contest and a graham cracker house contest) and a few games. I’ll share this game I whipped up at the last minute. He lasted about halfway through the event, before some boys decided to play snowman kickball. This guy was shredded by the end. But I was planning on disposing of poor box Frosty, so I accepted the loss.

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To make the snowman box game:

Buy some cheap white rectangle plastic tablecovers from the party store (3 covered all the boxes here). Use the tablecloths to wrap up old boxes of varying size, like wrapping a present. I wasn’t careful at all, since I didn’t expect these to last beyond a day. Seal all the edges of the tablecovers with white duct tape. TIP: Because I had to transport these to the school, I left the bigger boxes open at top so I could put the smaller boxes inside.

Then, cut out shapes for decoration from colored cardstock. Put blue painters tape on the back of each piece. I wrapped a board with wax paper to use as the staging area. I cut out mittens, sticks, circles, carrots, smiles, hearts. This guy has a broccoli nose. You could also have real scarves and hats. Either have kids race to dress up their snowmen or just let them go nuts on their own.

You could also use those snow blankets (clearly, you can see the prints on the boxes through the table covers), but that would have been much more expensive. Since I had the tape and the paper, I only spent 6 bucks on the table covers. That’s it. Did the job.

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Back to cookies now.

 to make snowman cookie sticks

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
dough scraper or knife
food coloring (white, black and orange)
decorating bags
couplers
decorating tips (sizes 2, 3 and 4)
sprinkles for buttons

*Find the disposable decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. You’ll also find food coloring there, though I prefer Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Super Black and Orange), found in specialty stores and online. For tips on finding supplies click HERE. For basic cookie decorating instructions, click HERE.

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step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, and roll out.  Cut sticks using a dough scraper (as shown) or knife about 4 1/2 inches by 1/2 inches, or whatever size you like. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, bake according to the recipe and let cool completely.

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step two: prepare the icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide it and tint white, black and orange. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and close tightly with rubber bands.

 

step three: decorate your cookies. With a size 3 tip, pipe and fill a hat at the top of the stick (this part is optional if you want to simplify the decorating). Using a size 4 tip on the white, pipe dots for the snowman’s body. Stick a couple sprinkles on some of the dots for buttons, if you like. Using a size 2 tip, pipe black dots for eyes and pipe the smile. With a size 3 tip, pipe the orange carrot nose. Let the cookies dry overnight before packaging or handling. TIP: I packaged mine in those pretzel treat bags from the craft store.

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snowman cookie sticks

 

If you liked these, you might like:

Rudolph cookie sticks

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Or perhaps these:

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Christmas from the archives: North Pole cupcakes

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Let’s have a little flashback, shall we? A few of my favorite things kinda deal? I almost forgot I made these once, until rifling through my seasonal stuff.

To make North Pole cupcakes, click HERE.

 

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