These molasses ginger cookies have been a staple of ours for the Christmas season. Grab the easy, delicious recipe here. This is the best Christmas cookie you’ll ever have.
I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!
Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.
In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.
Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.
Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.
Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.
Bake for 8-10 minutes and place on a cooling rack after one minute for optimum chewiness.
These molasses ginger crinkle cookies have always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip. We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family. Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!
Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!
Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.
Purchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.
Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
I’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. Where would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.
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Create this unique gift packaging with your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar by cutting a crepe paper poinsettia. Learn all the tips and tricks I use to cut crepe paper with my Cricut.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love using my Cricut Maker to make unique gifts, for this tutorial I’m going to show you how to cut crepe paper with it. Create a unique topper for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey.It’s really easy, you just need the right materials. Here is what you’ll need –
I first began by getting a membership to Lia Griffith. It’s worth it when you consider the printables and all the free .svg crepe paper flowers she offers you. Save the .svg to Design Space and then open the image onto your canvas. I first started with grabbing some The most important thing to remember is the grain of your paper and how that is loaded into the mat. Be mindful on how you want your petals to be shaped when cutting. For this project I had the grain going vertically. Even if you’re cutting you’re your crepe paper by hand, being midful of the grain is very important. Place your rotary blade into you’re Cricut Maker adaptive tool. It will go in side B. Load your mat into your Cricut Maker and select Go. When you remove your crepe paper, peel it slowly so that the grain doesn’t stretch. I used a flower template from Lia Griffith and uploaded it to my software.Glue each of the petals of the flowers to it’s coordinating size. I used hot glue for this but any glue will do. Next you’ll lay a bead of hot glue along the seam and place the floral stem wire. Do this to the large petals and the leaves.You can use floral tape to attach all the stems to each other but I have never been very good with it. Just glue all the stems together and then twist them with the leaves. Next, lay your smaller petals over the top of the larger petals. For the stamen, fold the cut piece in half and roll. Glue them together separately or all together. Cut off the excess floral wire and attach a piece of felt to the bottom. This is where you’ll glue it to the top of your Don Victor® Honey jars. Attach a gift tag and you’re set.Don Victor® Honey honeycomb can be served on a warm piece of toast, French toast or warm biscuits. You may have to mash it but once it warms up against your food, it’ll soften right up. Cutting crepe paper with your Cricut Maker is easier than you would expect. I’d love to see what project you’d make for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar. Be sure to follow Don Victor® Honey on Facebook and Pinterest for more great ideas.
Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas designer garland using all items I found at At Home.This post is sponsored by At Home and all opinions are mine.
I grabbed a few garlands at At Home and that is one of the keys to getting a designer garland, use more than one. I chose the 9’ Berry and Pinecone garland and then a simple 9’ Canadian Pine garland. Before fluffing the branches out, twist them together. You’ll want to find your center point and then fold it in half.Above my window in the kitchen, I have two screws that I just leave in year-round. I used my center point and found the center of my window and then I just looped the garland around my screws and then it hung evenly on both sides of the window. I do that for my front door garland as well. Once I have it hung I begin to pull out each branch to make it a fuller garland.I start with the ribbons next. At Home has such a great choice of ribbons and all of them match other decor so that it can coordinate with whatever ornaments and picks you choose. I chose two types of ribbons. I chose a green mesh that has a hint of sparkle in it but it still looks rustic and then I chose a woven red ribbon. They were each 4” wide and make the perfect swag. I take the ribbon and then take a wired branch from my garland and wrap that around the ribbon. It bunches it together and then I do that about every 12-15”.Next, use your floral picks. For this Christmas designer garland, I found some pinecone picks to match the cones in the Berry and Pinecone garland and some glittered berry picks. I pulled them apart so that for every pick I’d get about 2-3 pieces. Don’t be afraid to do that when you’re creating your garland. You don’t want things in one area and then the rest of your garland missing out. You’re easily able to hide the messy parts with the garland. You’re able to just take a branch and manipulate it to how you want it and hide any messes.Now I grabbed these heart and pinecone hanging ornaments. I chose to hang a few from the side but since they have such a great design to just hang, I chose to put others towards the top and have them hang over the window rather than inside the garland. They have such a free shape so I didn’t want to force what they decided to do.Now for the final touch. I found these great winter homes that light up but they’re meant to just sit on a mantle and not hang. They have two holes in the sides of the houses so I threaded some floral wires through those holes and twisted them in the back. I then put them near the corners of the garland and twisted it around the middle of the garlands so I’d get a good secure hold.
Making a Christmas designer garland is so much easier than you think. With At Home you’re able to get all your decorations at a great price and achieve this look in less than 30 minutes. To find your nearest At Home store, click here. At Home does not offer shipping yet so you’ll need to find a local store.
These Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups are so easy to make using some of my favorite items from Oriental Trading Co. Thank you to them for sponsoring this post.This post does contain affiliate links.
Who doesn’t love these three symbols of the Christmas holiday? I took some candy and cocoa mix and made these easy hot cocoa cups. You can give them to your neighbors or kids in general just love them.Oriental Trading makes Christmas craft shopping so easy. I love heading online and seeing all the different things I can create.
I began with these plastic cups and then filled each of them with marshmallows for the snowman, crushed candy cane candies for Santa and hot cocoa mix for the reindeer.I used the templates below to cut the shapes with my Cricut Maker. You could certainly cut them by hand but the Cricut makes everything easier.
After you’ve filled your cups with their ingredients, apply googly eyes to all of them. GlueDots are awesome for this or you can use a glue gun. Use the low-temp setting or else you will melt your cups.With the reindeer, you’ll want to shape your pipe cleaner into antler shapes. Hot glue the antlers to the top of the lid. Attach the red pom pom for his nose.For Santa, hot glue the Santa hat onto the lid. I placed one dot on the inside of the seam of the hat and attached the lid to it. I was able just to fold the hat over the entire lid and it was a perfect fit. Add the mustache cut out and a small red pom pom for his nose.
For the snowman, glue his hat on to the lid and three mini black pom poms for the buttons. Add the holly berry to his hat.You can tie them all together in a bunch to gift them or just place them near a table setting for the kids to make their own hot cocoa cups. This makes the perfect addition to any meal or just a Christmas treat.
Other bloggers have also used Oriental Trading supplies to make other Christmas crafts. Check them out below.
What is cuter than these felt gift tags? Just about nothing. Make them with your Cricut Maker and add them to any gift to personalize it. Enter to win a Cricut Maker of your very own at the bottom of the post. Good luck!This post does contain affiliate links.
I honestly hate using the sticker labels for Christmas and I’m gonna be honest, not everyone in the family gets a gift tag. I usually save these felt gift tags for neighbor gifts or other family. My kids get their gifts in their own wrapping paper. I just slip whatever paper is their’s into their stocking and they’re set for the rest of the morning.These felt gift tags are really for special gifts and that’s why I love them. They’re so easy to make with your Cricut Maker and the rotary blade attachment. Use some of Cricut’s new felt that is stiff enough for fine cutting and you’re set.
Begin by applying your felt to your pink fabric grip mat. If your mat has lost some of it’s stickiness, I suggest using the applicator tool to help rub it down firmly. One thing to never do it clean your pink mat. I know that there are suggestions all over the internet but cleaning it is not recommended. A way to keep it from losing the stickiness is to try to never touch it with your hands. The applicator comes with a removal tool that are great for avoiding touching.Load your mat into the Cricut Maker. Be sure that the mat is pressed against the rollers when loading your project. Doing this will ensure that your mat cuts on the 12×12″ area.Once all your felt is cut, assemble your pieces together. I use fabric glue for this part or you could easily use hot glue. Use it at a high temp so that the felt will stick to each other.Tie your bow onto your gift and attach the felt gift tags by attaching the ribbon onto the loops included with your image. Gift to that special someone.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
There is nothing cuter than something in mini form. Create these mini Santa letters and add them to this cute Santa letter mailbox from Magnolia.This post does contain affiliate links.
I participated in an ornament exchange with other Cricut bloggers. We were able to create whatever we wanted and when I saw this mini Santa letter box ornament at Target, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
The mailbox is this perfect hunter green color so I wanted to use a red envelope to really contrast those colors.I began with my white cardstock and printed the mini letters. They are shapes by Natalie Malan and I love them! Just print them out and cut, for a more detailed instruction on how to do this, visit here. It’s the same with the Explore and the Maker.I then loaded my red cardstock into the Maker. It starts with using the stylus and then it will prompt you to load your pen and then it will do the drawing. This is the same cartridge using Natalie Malan’s shapes. With the Maker, you can print on colored cardstock but I decided I wanted to draw the Santa Baby instead. To change this, just click on the icon of the shape and choose for it to be printed rather than drawn.
I mailed these mini Santa letters and mailbox along with a gift card so she can have a night off from cooking. Aren’t they the cutest! Let’s see what the other bloggers made too –
For this easy Christmas Vacation printable, just send it to your local print shop. I’ve included a 5×7″ print and a 16×20″. Just save them and upload them and select your print size when you’re finalizing your print.
And after this Christmas season I do realize that it was actually Helen that said this and not Clark. I’ll get it fixed but don’t hold your breath. 😉I send mine to Costco because they’re inexpensive and the prints last forever. There are three printable available so just choose which Christmas Vacation Printable you want! Just click the link above to the Christmas Vacation Printable and you’ll be taken to the google file.Now let’s check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!