My 3 Monsters: Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Simple Holiday Cookie Decorating Party with Krusteaz

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12.02.2016

Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Simple Holiday Cookie Decorating Party with Krusteaz

This post was sponsored by Krusteaz Cookie Mixes.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Hi guys!! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is making {and eating} Christmas cookies. I swear, I could eat a whole batch of frosted sugar cookies all by myself and not even feel bad about it. Not to mention the snowballs, and peanut blossoms, and snickerdoodles, and chocolate crinkles. I have a crazy sweet tooth this time of year!! Every year I want to make batches of all my favorite cookies, but I do not need to eat that many cookies. Also, baking them all from scratch?! Ain’t nobody got time for that! But I’ll let y’all in on my little secret -- Krusteaz cookie mixes are THE BOMB! Cookie baking was so easy this year we decided to throw the world’s easiest Cookie Decorating party to celebrate and I'm sharing my Top 5 Tips for hosting a simple cookie decorating party!

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1. The cookies don't have to be made from scratch.  For reals.

Seriously, you guys. Krusteaz cookies are suuuuper easy and waaaayyyy yummy! All I had to do was add butter and eggs to the mixes and blend it all up in a stand mixer. The dough wasn’t too sticky, so rolling it out was a dream and the cut cookies held their shape really well while baking. I hate it when sugar cookies spread so you almost can’t tell what shape they’re supposed to be. These did not do that, which is awesome. 

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I tried my hand at cutting sweater shapes out without a cookie cutter. I just used a small knife and shaped them how I wanted. They’re not perfect, but they looked really cute decorated. I was even able to roll out and cut the shortbread into Christmas tree shapes and they baked up beautifully, too!

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2. Start your Cookie Party planning with a great invitation. 

People are 10,000 times more likely to come to your party if the invitation is cute.  I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere . . .  Download my free printable invitation here. Open the file in PicMonkey, Photoshop, or any photo editing program you like and add all the details. If you’re not comfortable with all that, just print the blank version and write in the info by hand

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3.  The frosting can come from a can.  Seriously.  No one cares as long as you have lots of it.

I used a store-bought cream cheese frosting to simplify things, but you could get fancy with it and make your own from scratch. {You, me, and Sweet Brown know how I feel about that.} We had the frosting in small cups with knives for spreading and in bags with piping tips for decorating and detail work. 

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4. When in doubt, use festive paper party cups.

I also provided a fun assortment of sprinkles and food-safe markers. These cute paper cups from the party section of my store worked perfectly to hold the sprinkles, giving us easier access to the good stuff. Give each of your guests a paper plate or piece of parchment paper to work on and get to decoratin’!

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We had some really clever and creative cookie decorators! Personally, I’m loving the ugly sweater cookies with the candy Christmas shapes on them. I also like the way the star-shaped cookie got turned into a snowflake. We had a blast sharing our creations and trying to one-up each other in the creativity and skill departments!

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5.  Get rid of 'em.

The cookies, not the guests.  Finish off your cookie party by serving cold milk and letting everyone dig into the cookies they just decorated. The most important aspect of this party, for me, was to get the tempting cookies out of my home after I had enjoyed just a few. If this is your goal as well, make sure to have some plates or small boxes on hand to send each of your guests home with their own stash of cookies.

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We all thought the Krusteaz cookies tasted pretty much like homemade. If you don’t tell them, your guests will probably be none the wiser. So, there you have it. Don’t let the idea of hosting a cookie decorating party overwhelm you. Just buy the right products, invite a bunch of fun people over, and have a no-stress holiday get-together!


Happy Holidays, friends!
Amy


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