My wife has a favorite cookie, and the good thing is… they only have 3 ingredients. She calls them her 3 ingredient Christmas Cookies (not to be mistaken for her 3 ingredient Easter cookies or her 3 ingredient St. Patty’s day cookies… which are the same cookies, with different colored icing). Every single person that eats them loves them and when we tell them how easy they are to make- they are pretty astounded. (If you haven’t tried these, you must.) These cookies are so good! First off, you need to get your ingredients. Go to your local Publix and purchase your Pillsbury™ product. Ahold supermarket always has everything that we needed (and it is Becky’s favorite place to shop, because she said that it is ALWAYS so clean. Yep- that is how she picks her favorite places.) We get the Pillsbury™ Baking and Frosting Mixes, because they help bring the ‘wow’ to holiday entertaining. They just seem to have the right taste & sweetness. You need to get Pillsbury™ Funfetti Cake Box Mix, Pillsbury™ Funfetti Icing, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and food coloring (optional). Mix the eggs, oil and cake mix in a bowl (YOUR THREE INGREDIENTS!) You don’t have to use a mixer, just use a spoon and mix it until it is moist and you don’t see the cake mix separated anymore. Next, take a glass cup and dip the bottom in flour. Roll your cookies into balls and set them on a cookie sheet. Now take your cup, dipped in flour, and flatten each cookie, just a little. Re-dip and flatten the next one. Do this for every cookie. PS- the flour helps it to not stick to the cookies. To make these festive, the kids and I mixed the food coloring into the icing. The more you use, the darker the color. Bake the cookies at 350 for about 8-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them and once they start to brown (golden-brown), take them out of the oven. Once the come out of the oven, let the cookies cool. When they are cool, let the kids put icing on them. Allie clearly had fun doing this. (I’m not going to say that I would willingly eat the one that she did… she may have eaten some of the icing while she was making her cookie.)
That reminds me of a tip! For each of the kids, we give them ONE cookie that they can create themselves. They can ice it, decorate it, etc… That way, if they ‘eat’ some along the way, it isn’t a big deal. Becky and I usually set aside a batch for the kids and then we have a batch that will be ours to decorate and share.
Here are the kids putting sprinkles on their batch of cookies (not to worry- everyone had clean hands!) They loved doing this and they were calling “dibs” (literally) on every cookie that they would decorate. We set them on Becky’s favorite plate (she bought matching Candy Cane dishes for her mom, her grandma and herself. Her grandma passed away and Becky kept that one (pictured below). These were a hit at our family Christmas party. We have one every year, after Thanksgiving, to kick off the season, and these are always the first things gone (after dinner, of course!)
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