Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dough Ornament Sugar Cookie Kits & Cheesecake Appetizer Ornament Ball


This blog post was shared over at Design Dazzle's online Christmas Wonderful event last week.  I'm re-posting it here in case you missed it!




Today I want to share a holiday idea that could either be used as

1) a gift basket for friends
or
2) an after school Christmas activity to do with your kids

Dough Ornament Sugar Cookie Kits.



Oh and YES!  These ornaments really are cookie DOUGH.


Sugar cookies are a classic part of the Christmas season: covering hands and counters with flour, rolling out the sugared dough, cutting your favorite holiday shapes, filling the house with the smells of baked goodness, decorating rows of cookies, and leaving behind a messy kitchen counter full of color that looks like modern art.

I wanted to create a unique way to present slice and bake cookies that would excite kids and look adorable.  These KITS have everything needed to have a sugar cookie baking day!

- dough
- frosting
- cookie cutters
- toppings
- directions



First I used a clear tube to layer in all the fun toppings: mini chocolate chips to be pressed onto white frosting for snowman eyes, red hots to be perfectly placed as Rudolph's nose, colored sprinkles for holiday celebrating, and gumdrops in every color for sugared houses.  




tube of toppings...



mini cutters...


pre-made frosting...



For the dough...

1) Prepare your favorite sugar cookie dough.  My number one favorite recipe is White Velvet Cutouts

2) Roll into a ball the size of a softball or baseball, depending on how big you want your "dough ornament" to be.  Roll into a bowl of sanding sugar in your color of choice.  I did white.  For the green ornament, I dyed my dough green before rolling into a ball.  


3) Carefully place in fridge for about 20 minutes until firm.

4) Use ornament tops and hooks and gently press into the tops of your ball ornaments.  



5)  Choose your favorite way to present your cookie dough ornament! I recommend clear containers. 


6)  Create a label and add instructions.  




And then TA DA!  You've just made a sugar cookie dough ornament in a handful of simple steps.


To use the dough, simple slice and bake or roll the glittery dough out and cut and bake as usual. 



To finish your project, add the dough ornaments, frosting, cookie cutters, decorations, and toppings in a basket and they're ready to be delivered to friends!

  
OR...arrange your basket on your dining room table RIGHT before your kids arrive home from school and surprise them with a holiday baking day! 


Our boys had a lot of fun discovering their Sugar Cookie Kit in our home sweet home!  I turned on the Christmas lights, lit a mistletoe candle, and we started baking.




One.More.Thing.



You can use this concept to create a fun appetizer at a Christmas party.  Instead of cookie dough, make a sweet sugared cream cheese ball (instead of savory cheese balls), and serve with pretzels and graham crackers.  It will look super cute on a holiday buffet table!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Appetizer Ball


I used this recipe found at allrecipes.com.  However, instead of rolling in the nuts when I was finished, I mixed the nuts in the ball and rolled in a bit of sanding sugar instead.


I hope you enjoy your moments this December! 
Grabbing a cluster of minutes to spend time
 celebrating Christmas classics 
are the things that are forever remembered.
Merry, Merry
Christmas.   





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6 comments:

Vanessa said...

What an awesome idea to roll the cookie dough into an ornament shape! This is go great!

wanda ann Olsen said...

What a cute and clever idea, Adorable! Thank you for stopping bye my blog, I am now following you.
Wanda Ann @ memoriesbythemile.com

Food Done Light said...

Your cookies are incredible! This is really a unique, elegant presentation. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-64/

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What a cute idea!! I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

the cape on the corner said...

that cheesecake ball looks ridiculously good, and what a neat idea with the dough gift! and love the packaging.

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

What a creative idea! I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my weekly link party. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-21.html