How to Make Santa’s Favorite Cookies!

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I heard once that Santa’s favorite cookies are M&M cookies! So we make them for him each and every year. I wanted to share with you all! Here’s how…

You’ll need:

22 1/4 cups all purpose flour

31 tsp salt

41 tsp baking soda

52 sticks (1 cup) butter

71/2 cup granulated sugar

61 cup firmly packed brown sugar

102 large eggs

111 tsp pure vanilla extract

123/4 cup chocolate chips & 3/4 cup M&Ms

13Reserve some M&Ms to put on top of cookie.

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F.

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Sift together your dry ingredients and set aside.

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Cream together your butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs.

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18Slowly add in your sifted dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
25Add your chocolate chips and M&Ms.26After everything is combined, use a cookie scoop to put identical size scoops of dough 1 to 2 inches part on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a couple of christmas colored M&Ms on the top of cookie so they all look the same.
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30Bake cookies for approximately 9-10 minutes. Times will vary depending on your oven.31

32Cool on cooling rack and put out for Santa Claus!
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Merry Christmas!

DIY: Christmas Ornament Decorating

This week we decorated our salt dough Christmas ornaments! We used acrylic paint, glue, and glitter.

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Alana using crafting ribbon to hang the ornaments on the tree!
2015-12-05 20.49.43Noah’s little handprint! 
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So my final conclusion is that it was fun. I would gladly do it again. More than anything, this will be a memory that will last a lifetime. It was a great bonding experience with my kids for 2 weekends in a row:)

DIY: Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments

My kids and I wanted to make salt dough ornaments for their grandparents. It was really fun! I will share the final result after we decorate them, but here is how you make them…

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (you will need 1/2 to 1 cup more for kneading and rolling)
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Mix your ingredients in a bowl. If your mixture is too sticky (it likely will be), add more flour.
  2. Once it comes together to form a dough, turn it out onto a floured surface.
  3. Knead for a few minutes.
  4. Flour your surface and your rolling pin.
  5. Roll dough into a ball and then roll out with your rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Using either a knife to trace a circle or a bowl, cut out your circle in whichever size fits your little one(s) hand.
  7. Place cut-outs on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in fridge or freezer just to firm up slightly.
  8. Flour your child’s hand and press into your cut-out.
  9. Place your ornaments into an oven preheated to 265℉ for 30-40 minutes (possibly longer…just make sure it is no longer doughy).
  10. Let cool. Ornaments will harden as it cools.
  11. Once completely cool, decorate however you wish. You can paint the handprints, use glitter, etc.

Hope you enjoy! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!

How to Make a Tornado in a Jar!

 

Tonight’s experiment was so fun for the kids! Basically you vigorously swirl the jar to create cintrifugal motion. It is actually quite amazing how defined the tornado was! Our first try didn’t work because we used a tad too much soap. You need the smallest drop you can produce and then you’re in business! Watch the video to see how it’s done!

How to Make Homemade Play Dough (DIY Recipe)

This recipe actually comes from Brooke at What’s Up Mom’s! They did a lot of experimenting to find the perfect recipe for play dough. I have tried a couple of recipes myself and nothing is as good as this one. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make it!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • A mixing bowl
  • A nonstick skillet
  • A spoon for mixing
  • Zip lock bags for storage
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C salt
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • 1 C water
  • 1 T coconut oil (or vegetable)
  • Food coloring (optional)

20151104_143951Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add in your dry ingredients. 20151104_144025
  2. Add in your water and stir until combined. 20151104_144815
  3. Preheat your skillet and heat up your oil on medium heat. 20151104_144913
  4. Constantly stir until your mixture comes together (should take a few minutes). 20151104_14502020151104_145254
  5. Remove from heat and turn out onto some parchment paper.
  6. Knead your dough until smooth, roll into a ball, and then flatten into a disc. If you aren’t going to dye your dough, then place into an airtight container or zip lock bag and store at room temperature. 20151104_145501
  7. If you wish to dye it, divide your dough. I divided mine in 3 and dyed them red, blue, and green. If using liquid food coloring, you’ll need roughly 5-7 drops. Push the dough with the heel of your hand to stretch it and distribute the color. Fold and repeat until it is all one color. Store and have fun! 20151104_15024720151104_15023020151104_150620 20151104_150844 20151104_162441