Team Tablespoon was super excited to find Beth's amazing creations on her blog, Hungryhappenings.com. So, as you can imagine, we are geeked out to have her as a guest blogger. Check out her contribution to four sweet snacks that we ♥ this holiday!
Four adorable ways to brighten up your holidays – one for each December holiday!
December has so much awesome holiday spirit – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and just general winter cheer. Here are fun recipes to celebrate each one and guarantees smiles!
1. Christmas Lightbulb Cookies (by Hungry Happenings)
Just their shape is cute! But don't stop there, have even more fun by adding sweet smiles and silly eyes to Christmas Light Cookies
. I took these to a holiday cookie swap and my friends went nuts over them. Each cookie looks as if it has a unique personality. Some look goofy, others a bit shy, and all look very happy and will add charm to any cookie platter for the holidays.
To decorate the light bulbs, I piped on frosting smiles using Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate frosting and added candy (royal icing) eyes that I bought at a cake decorating store. If you prefer, you can simply pipe round eyes using Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting and add chocolate frosting dots for the pupils or make your own candy eyes by drawing pupils onto round white candies using a black food coloring marker. Get creative and have some fun.
Grab the ingredients. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar cookie mix and the flour. (NOTE: The package recipe says to add 1 tablespoon of flour, but with the addition of the wet food coloring, I added an extra tablespoon to ensure the light bulbs would look like light bulbs once baked.) Add the butter and mix to combine. Crack the egg, pour the egg into the bowl and mix until a soft dough forms, saving the egg shell for later.
Pinch off about 1/4 cup of the dough. Set it aside. Divide the remaining dough in half. Color one half of the dough red and the other half green, using the food coloring.
Scoop out 14 tablespoonfuls each of red and green dough. Roll into balls then shape into Christmas lights (like teardrops). Set on parchment paper lined baking sheets. (See the recipe for details on how to add the end of the lightbulb.) Refrigerate the light bulbs for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (350 degrees for dark or nonstick cookie sheets.) Bake cookies, one tray at a time, for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Decorate by filling a disposable pastry bag or a zip top bag with the chocolate frosting. Snip off the end of the bag and dot frosting onto the back of each candy eye. Press the eyes onto your light bulbs. Pipe on silly smiles. Pipe grooves onto the base of each light bulb.
To dress up your platter of cookies arrange your light bulb cookies along a strand of ribbon or a long licorice lace. Store in an airtight container for up to a week
2. Hanukkah Dreidel Surprise Cookies (by Hungry Happenings)Dreidel Surprise Cookies
can’t be spun, but once broken open, they will reveal a hidden treasure!
3. Kwanzaa Celebration Goodies (by Cheeky Kitchen)
Corn is one of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa. It represents the children of the family. These Mini-Corn-on-the-Cob Bites
, with all their cuteness, will remind everyone of the joys of having little ones.
4. Winter Wonderland: Snowman Cake Pops (by Bakerella)
As part of the 2012 Betty Crocker Red Hot Holiday Trends
, these adorable Snowmen Cake Pops
almost too cute to eat. Almost... For details on how-to make these fun, little cake pops, visit Bakerella's site
These four adorable noms will provide a great start to a season of cheer, lots of food and fun!