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Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 13, 2017

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!

Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These ginger crinkle cookies are perfect for winter. We serve these cookies every Christmas and they're one of my favorites.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Molasses Cookie Recipe, Molasses Crinkle Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.

  4. Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.

  5. Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  6. Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.

  7. Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.

  8. 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!40+ cookie exchange recipes

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

cookies 7

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

cookies 10

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

cookies 14

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

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Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

Christmas - Clothing DIY - Cricut

DIY Christmas Pajamas with Cricut EasyPress

December 9, 2017

Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressThis 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.

Supplies

DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressPurchase 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.
DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressI’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. DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressWhere would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Cricut

How To Cut Crepe Paper with Cricut

December 6, 2017

KThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #HoneyForHolidays

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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.It’s really easy, you just need the right materials. Here is what you’ll need –

Supplies

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 Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.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.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.

 

Christmas - Home DIY

How to create a Christmas designer garland

December 4, 2017

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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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”.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.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.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.

Christmas

Reindeer, Santa and Snowman Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups

November 30, 2017

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.

Supplies

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.


Christmas - Crafting DIY - Cricut

Mini Santa Letters with your Cricut Maker

November 27, 2017

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.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.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.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.

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Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.The mailbox is this perfect hunter green color so I wanted to use a red envelope to really contrast those colors.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.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.Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.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 –

Mini Santa letters to put in your Magnolia ornament. These are the cutest ornaments you've ever seen.

 

Christmas

Christmas Vacation Printable and Movie Blog Hop

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHopGive this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means 25 bloggers working to show you how to honor your favorite Christmas Movies with inventive crafts and recipes! #ChristmasMoviesHop #Christmas #Christmascrafts #Christmasrecipes

Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Erlene~ An My Pinterventures | Lindsay ~ seeLindsay

Marie ~ The Inspiration Vault | Maureen ~ Red Cottage Chronicles | Emily ~ Domestic Deadline

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

Pam ~ P.S. I Love You Crafts | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Heather ~ The Busy Giffs

Erica ~ 5 Little Monsters | Valerie ~ Occasionally Crafty | Sara ~ The Holy Mess

Tina ~ Sweet and Salty Sisters | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Christine ~ Where the Smiles Have Been

Allie ~ Vigor it Out | Lyne ~ Lynn’s Everyday Ideas | Evelin ~ Evey’s Creations

Nina ~ Crazy for Cookies and More | Carrie ~ A Princess and Her Pirates

Jaclyn ~ The Dotted Nest | Kelley ~ Simply Inspired Meals

Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes. Supplies

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. 😉Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.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.Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.Now let’s check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!

Give this Christmas Vacation Printable for the movie lover in your life. Available in three different quotes.

Christmas - Crafting DIY

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Wreath

November 6, 2017

This easy farmhouse Christmas wreath was so easy to make and I used all items I had on hand.
It’s simple to make in 15 minutes or less!Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland
This post may contain affiliate links.

You only need a few items to create this simple farmhouse Christmas wreath. I’m so glad to be participating in Craft Lightning for the holidays. To see my other Christmas wreath I created for Craft Lightning, click here.

Supplies

  • Wreath Form
  • Moss
  • wire garland
  • glue gun

Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland You’ll want to spend the few extra dollars to get a green wreath form. I didn’t think that far ahead and just decided I could easily spray paint it. Don’t. The paint eats the foam and it turns sticky. I knew this but I didn’t think very far ahead. I used a 12″ wreath form that I picked up from my local Joann store.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI also grabbed these wire garlands. For a wreath form this big, you’ll use all of one and a bit of the second. Just grab a smaller wreath form and you’ll only need to grab one wire garland. Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI began by hot gluing all the moss on the wreath form. I used what I had on hand but if I was going to buy the moss, I’d pick the moss ribbon or something that comes in a sheet rather than the small bits of moss. I used 2 full packages of the small moss.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandJust find random places to fill in the wreath and get a good covering. It doesn’t need to go all the way to the back because that won’t show. Just cover the wreath form as full as you want it.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandTo wrap the wire garland, start with the wire in the back of the form. Wrap it all around the form in the clockwise direction. When the wire intersects, begin wrapping it around the opposite way. This will help the X’s form in the wreath. The tighter you wrap, the more definition in the farmhouse Christmas wreath you’ll get.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandThat’s it! So easy and fun to create this farmhouse Christmas wreath and bring the look into your own home.

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects below and follow along for more quick holiday crafts.