When it comes to the holidays, I’m that girl. The one who listens to Christmas music as soon as a station is playing it. The one who is ready to decorate right after Halloween. I just love this time of year and all of the memories from the past and the new ones we’re making each year. Some of our favorite traditions include our Christmas cookie traditions!
Christmas Cookie Traditions
We’ve had Christmas cookie traditions for years now. When we moved to the Houston area from Colorado, Grambo and I bought our first house together. That Christmas we started our first Christmas cookie tradition with help from my sister. I think we made five or six different types of cookies! It was a lot of work but we were breaking in our new kitchen!
Still, it was a lot of work so if you’re planning you own Christmas cookie traditions, I suggest you keep it a bit more simple. Maybe choose one type of cookie to make. I would say two at the most!
To make it easier, Betty Crocker cookie mixes make it that much easier. No need to measure everything. You just need a few ingredients and you’re ready to make cookies!
My kids adore sugar cookies. They clearly take after their Dad in this. I love all things cookie but he is all about the classics like sugar and chocolate chip cookies.
Weston is also into art while Carrigan loves anything with sprinkles. So there wasn’t much question about what our Christmas cookie traditions would involve this year. It was going to be all about decorating sugar cookies!
The great thing about decorating sugar cookies is that even the youngest in the family can get involved! Plus there is enough flexibility for everyone to have fun without mom and dad having to direct every step.
What You Need:
- Betty Crocker, Sugar Cookie Mix, 1lb, 1.5oz pouch
- 1 Tbs flour + extra for rolling out dough
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- Tree and snowman cookie cutter
- Cookie icing (green and white)
- Icing writing pens
- Sprinkles and candy for decorations
- Heat oven to 375 degrees and spread parchment paper on cookie sheet.
- Mix cookie mix, flour, butter, and egg together until a soft dough.
- Flour a surface and roll dough out in an even sheet 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick. Cut shapes using cookie cutters and place on cookie sheet.
- Back 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Do not overbake!
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for one minute. Then remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.
- Use cookie icing to frost cookies (green for trees and white for snowmen) and let sit for five minutes to harden.
- Decorate as desired!
We had a blast decorating our Betty Crocker sugar cookies but this year our Christmas cookie traditions got something new added into the mix! It’s a new tradition we started and one that I’m pretty sure we’ll continue because we had so much fun!
Meaning of the Season
Now that Weston is getting older, I wanted to start teaching him more about the meaning of this season. For us, this is a season of giving and receiving and it’s so easy for the kids to focus on the receiving side of things. So this year we decided to take part in the Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer fun!
I wanted a fun way to teach Weston that this is a time of year to think of others. And this was the perfect extension for our Christmas cookies traditions! Check out how easy it is to surprise your neighbors, friends, and loved ones this holiday season by spreading some cheer!
How to #SpreadCheer
Have you ever been “BOOed” by a neighbor around Halloween? Or maybe you receive a “Snowball Fight” package around the holidays. Our street has done both of these fun activities over the past few years. Spread Cheer works the same way! You can visit the Spread Cheer page to get all of the directions and printables you need to participate!
Here’s all you have to do to get the fun started!
- Visit the Spread Cheer page and get your coupon to save $0.50 when you buy ONE (1) Betty Crocker™ Cookie Mix. The coupon is available here.
- Make and decorate your cookies!
- Package your cookies up in some cute bags, boxes, or tins!
- Then deliver them to someone you know and Spread Cheer!
You can also use #SpreadCheer on social media and tag your friends to nominate them to share with people they know!
We had a blast making cookies and leaving them for all of our neighbors! It was a fun way to get the kids thinking about others this holiday season and is a great addition to our Christmas cookies traditions!
Make the world a better place this Christmas when you spread cheer with the gift of cookies! When you surprise your favorite people with fresh-baked goodness made straight from the heart, you’re letting them know that their good deeds don’t go unnoticed. Celebrate the season by spreading cheer with cookies, and help get the word out to inspire others to keep the celebration going. This Christmas, giving back is easier than ever with simple cookie recipes from Betty Crocker.
Enter to Win!
I want to encourage you to Spread Cheer with your family this year and we want to give a little something to one lucky reader and spread some cheer! The giveaway is open to US residents and ends on 12/30. Use the form below for your chance to win $20! (Winner can choose Paypal or Amazon!)