In our fast paced society, with families going in many different directions, we have to make a conscious effort to spend quality time together. Christmas is a time of year for families to slow down and come together. It’s a time to make memories. For our family, Christmas is the time of year when my kids know we are going to make cookies.
We have several cookies recipes that we use over and over again. I would like to share with you some that we have used that are good for even the youngest members of the family to help prepare. These are easy Christmas cookies that require no baking, so they are safe for little hands.
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The first recipe is so much fun that even kids can help you with baking. Kids love spreading the marshmallow cream, and dipping the cookies in chocolate. Even my teenager asks to do these each year. Some years, we have made big batches of these and given them to our friends in pretty little Christmas tins. Other years, they get gobbled up before we even have time to think about presents. Either way, they are always a big winner. We call them our Smores Cookies.
- You will need:
- 1 box graham crackers
- 1 jar marshmallow cream
- 1 ½ packages melting chocolate-I use Almond Bark
- Waxed paper
Break your graham crackers into two or four pieces, depending on the size you would like your cookies. Make sandwiches by sticking two crackers together with marshmallow cream. Now, melt your chocolate. Dip your graham cracker sandwiches into the chocolate and allow them to cool on the waxed paper.
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The next recipe is a copycat recipe of the Girl Scout Thin Mint. Thin Mints have been around since the 1950’s , and they are the most popular of the Girl Scout cookies. People are surprised to find that the inside part of this cookie is actually Ritz Crackers. They do not have a cracker taste, and are surprisingly like the Girl Scout cookie.
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Thin mint copycat
You will need:
- One box Ritz crackers. I buy the store brand
- 1 ½ packages of Almond Bark melting chocolate
- Peppermint oil
- Waxed paper
Melt your chocolate, and add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil. Stir well and sample. Continue to add peppermint oil, one drop at a time, until it reaches the flavor you would like.
Now comes the fun part. Dip each cracker into the chocolate, and allow them to cool on the waxed paper. That is it! how your cookies are ready for packaging or eating.
I have another cookie/candy recipe that is good for fun family togetherness in the kitchen. It is also a no-bake recipe, and is perfect for giving. You can see the recipe, Chocolate Cookie Truffles, in my article for winning potluck dessert recipes.
If you would like to give these cookies to friends and family as presents, see my article, Christmas Cookies, for ideas on how to package them.
The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun. These are very messy recipes, but there is nothing like the look on your child’s face when they are enjoying themselves. So slow down, have a great time together. Have a very Merry Christmas!
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