Christmas Cookies 2014

Christmas Cookies 2014

I like to make many different types of Christmas cookies it but does take a lot of time including cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. Many years ago I started making cookies that did well in the freezer so I could make batches over a few weeks but serve many different types at once. I frost before serving.

I assembled this cookie tray to send to my husband’s business. I still have more in my freezer for the next time I want to make a cookie tray.

  • Reindeer Spice Cookies (I made my own frosting with confectionery sugar, butter, and milk) I frost them before serving.
  • Peanut Butter Munchies These cookies take a little bit of effort but it is worth it! I put the cookie dough and filling on separate sheets of waxed paper to divide each into the 32 portions.
  • Coconut Macaroons This is my first year making this recipe. I ended up making them the day before assembling this tray. The leftovers are in the freezer but I have not tested how they freeze yet.
  • Pumpkin Pecan Tassies My husband loves these and requests them every year.
  • Sugar cookies I frost these before serving.

What types of holiday cookies do you make?

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Reindeer Hash Brown Potatoes

Reindeer Hash Browns

I made these Reindeer Hash Browns because one of my friends is hosting a cute reindeer snacks party (round-up) and I am not one to miss out on cute food parties.

The first time I tried making these I used reindeer shaped metal cookie cutters that had narrow legs. It was very difficult to pack in the potatoes and it was a mess. Luckily I found a reindeer cookie cutter in my grocery store that had fat legs. I tried making the hash browns again with this cookie cutter and it worked out great. It would have been easier if my cookie cutter did not have a handle but you could probably cut it off with tin snips if you were going to make a lot of these.

Reindeer Cookie Cutter

I only made one reindeer hash brown with this cutter. I was pressed for time and decided not to stay up all night testing different ways to make reindeer shaped hash brown potatoes. Although it would have been delicious and memorable. So if you try this and have advice please share them in the comments.

Instructions:

Peel and shred potato (I used a box grater). You could also try buying frozen hash brown shredded potatoes.

Heat a small frying pan with oil. I sprayed my cookie cutter with cooking spray but I don’t know it it is necessary.

Pack enough shredded hash brown potatoes into the cookie cutter so it holds it shape but not too much that it is difficult to get the potatoes in the middle cooked. You will need to experiment and get the feel for it if you are not accustomed to making hash browns. I removed the cookie cutter after packing it with shredded potatoes.

I cooked the hash brown at medium heat and did not move it until I could tell that it was browning. I also pressed down with a spatula because I was afraid it would fall apart when flipped. It did just fine! Cook until both sides are brown and the middle is cooked. You may need to reduce the heat to give the middle enough time to cook.

If you want it to look like Rudolph put a dot of ketchup for the red nose.

So whether you are making these for Christmas breakfast or for a Frozen themed breakfast, let me know if you try these.

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Ho Ho Ho Holiday Bento Blog Hop

Snowman Quesadilla food for lunch

Today I am joining some Bento Bloggers and Friends on a Holiday themed bento blog hop. Since we already had quite a bit of snow this year, I ended up with a Frosty themed lunch and snack.

My 10 year old nephew did all of the amazing drawing (food safe markers) on the snowman shaped cheese quesadilla and he ate this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadillas with food safe marker details

Top Right: Snowmen shaped apples dipped in water with a splash of lemon to prevent browning

Bottom Right: Snowman doughnut – purchased mini powdered doughnut, added mini chocolate chips and carrot for nose

Snowman Bagel

I wanted to make something else in the snowman theme so I made this fun snack. Thomas bagel thin with cream cheese, dried blueberries, and a dried apricot.

Please click on the button below to see what Jackie of Loving Lunches made to share with you.

BBF-BeMerry-Mint

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Hanukkah Shield Lunch

Hanukkah Shield Food Lunch

I am not Jewish but I have an appreciation and interest in world cultures and religions. I made these Hanukkah lunches last year. This year I wanted to do something different so I looked at my Hanukkah cookie cutters for inspiration. It was not immediately apparent to me why there was a shield cookie cutter in my cookie cutter set. After researching it for awhile I found this activity and explanation. Hanukkah is the celebration of the Maccabees winning battles. They returned to Jerusalem and brought the Temple back to its Jewish roots of worship. My shield and Star of David represent this.

My 10 year old nephew ate this quesadilla lunch for lunch at home.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadillas, shield –  blue food coloring and water applied with a dedicated paint brush, lettering – food safe marker

Top Right: Dreidel shaped green bell pepper

Bottom Right: Clementines, pistachios

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Poinsettia Lunch

Poinsettia Lunch

Today is Poinsettia Day so I made this simple Poinsettia themed lunch. It was easy to make and delicious.

Question: What are the second and third most popular Poinsettia colors? (answer is at the end of this post)

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Toasted Thomas’ English Muffins with cream cheese, mint leaves, and strawberries

Top Right: Cauliflower and Red Bell Pepper

Bottom Right: Air popped popcorn and Jolly Ranchers candy

Answer: white and pink

Poinsettia facts

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Gingerbread Man Bread

Gingerbread Man Bread Lunch

I don’t know why I made a Gingerbread man without a face. Looking at this photo afterwards I almost did not publish it.

This was a very simple but well received meal. My shaped bread meals tend to be popular with the people who eat them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gingerbread Man shaped homemade bread (french bread dough) with cinnamon

Top Right: Gingerbread Men shaped yellow bell pepper

Bottom Right: Red grapes

Not Pictured: Mini Dippers with cream cheese

Gingerbread Man Face Bread Lunch

This is not the dried blueberries I probably would have used but I think it looks better.

Face or no face? Which version do you prefer?

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Christmas Ornament Lunch

Christmas Ornament Lunch

I am starting to decorate my house for Christmas so I made an ornament themed meal. Today I will probably start decorating my miniature trees. I have collected the Hallmark Miniature Ornaments since I was a kid.

I make a lot of lunches with cheese quesadillas. They are a popular food with everyone I make lunches for, the ingredients keep for awhile in my refrigerator, and they are versatile for making cute shapes.

This was my first time using a plunger stamp cookie cutter with apple slices. It worked great. I dipped the apple slices in water with a splash of lemon juice to prevent browning.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Christmas ornament cheese quesadilla with food marker details, spinach salad, toasted slivered almonds

Top Right: Christmas tree apples (made with a tree similar to this).

Bottom Right: Carrots with ranch dip (in small container)

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