But with the weekends filled with gift exchanges and various gatherings (and all of the accompanying cleaning), when does that leave for quality time with your children if they typically spend their weekdays in school?
In the kitchen, of course! Spending time baking with kids can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences (not to mention that the end result is usually pretty tasty, too!) and I don't think that I've ever met a child that doesn't love rolling up their sleeves and helping out as assistant chef.
Need a little more inspiration? Then check out the Kids' Cookie Corner from Betty Crocker!
We all know that Betty Crocker offers products, recipes, how-to's and more for everyday as well as special occasions, but this season they're all about sharing the memories of baking cookies with kids. Therefore, their helpful online Kids' Cookie Corner is the perfect place to go to find all sorts of delicious ideas as well as their Top 10 Cookies for Kids with short, inspirational videos on each.
My kids and I have had a blast looking through the short, fun videos showing how to make such delectable morsels like these Cookie Wreaths...
...and these absolutely adorable Melting Snowmen (which, incidentally, are fantastic for any Frozen fans, since we all know Olaf's memorable line about "some people are worth melting for," right?).
As if we weren't inspired enough to start baking, the arrival of a Betty Crocker Prize Pack had us pretty much giddy to head into the kitchen!
Although the decision-making on which cookies we were going to make was the most difficult part, in the end the girls and I opted to try Betty Crocker's twist on the classic blossom cookie with the Holiday Blossom Cookies.
Their short, 18-second video on the Kids' Cookie Corner showed just how quick and awesome these were going to be to make and, as an added bonus for me, the whole process was absolutely simple when using Betty Crocker mixes. Let's bake!
Holiday Blossom Cookies
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix or any flavor
Ingredients called for on cookie mix pouch
2 tablespoons colored sugar
36 Hershey's® Kisses® Brand chocolates, (any variety) unwrapped
Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, make dough as directed on pouch.
Shape dough into 36 (1-inch) balls; roll in colored sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store cookies in tightly covered container.
Oh my word, these were beyond easy to make and the results are delicious! I do suggest not pressing the Hershey's Kisses immediately into the cookies, as they do start to melt a bit... and we found that the Hugs definitely melted more than the Kisses. So apparently white chocolate melts quicker and easier than milk chocolate?
But the results were still YUM! Who doesn't love a candy-topped cookie? My young bakers were definitely proud of themselves for doing such a great job putting these together and they have had no problem sampling these tasty treats!
This holiday season, carve out a little extra time to spend with the children in your life by grabbing a Betty Crocker cookie mix and heading over to the Kids' Cookie Corner to decide which of their delectable recipes you would like to try first. Mmm!
To find out more about all things Betty Crocker, be sure to visit BettyCrocker.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be heading into the kitchen in style to whip up their own batches of cookie goodness as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Betty Crocker Holiday Prize Pack*!
*Prize Pack contains: Kitchen tablet stand, Betty Crocker Mixing Spoon, Betty Crocker Oven Mitt, "Get Your Betty On" Apron, Gingerbread Cookie Cutter, Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting, and Betty Crocker Holiday Recipe Booklet 2014 – feat. The Top 10 Cookie Decorating Ideas of 2014.
A big thank you to Betty Crocker for providing a Prize Pack for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.