Christmas, for me, is first and foremost about celebrating a Savior who came quietly to a manger bed and ended up changing the world. But it is also about spending time with family and making memories together.
Today I was remembering a fun activity that I did with some of my grandchildren. I went searching for the pictures to show you and was astonished to see that we did this four years ago! The years are flying by! I want to fill them with as many happy times as possible.
This is a quick and easy no-bake cookie---Nutter Butter Santa cookies.
You will need:
Nutter Butter sandwich cookies, melted white chocolate bark, red sprinkles, miniature marshmallows cut in half, miniature chocolate chips, and red cinnamon candies.
- Pour red sprinkles, red candies (for nose) and chocolate chips into cups or small bowls. Also snip miniature marshmallows in half and put in a small bowl.
- Melt the bark in microwave or on stove top (be careful not to burn it.) This is a job for grown-ups or older children.
- Dip both ends of a Nutter Butter cookie into white bark. Then dip one end of the cookie into the bowl of red sprinkles--do not completely cover the white chocolate bark but leave a little bit showing for Santa's "fur trim". If you use a cup or small enough bowl, the sprinkles will be deep enough for you to simply plunge the cookie in to the right level.
- Working quickly, attach a half-marshmallow to the "hat" for a "pom-pom". You may need to use a dab of bark on the marshmallow to help it adhere. We had some leftover icing from another cookie project that we used for the "glue".
- Use a tiny dab of bark (or icing) to attach two chocolate chips for eyes and one cinnamon candy to make the nose.
This was an easy-for-kids activity that the grown-ups had fun with too!
Don't worry about perfection. Just have fun. Besides, it's the imperfections that give each cookie a personality! Look at these guys--some are silly, some are sassy and some are sweet!
And one other fun thing---eating the cookies!
Have you done anything easy and fun with kids at Christmas? Care to share? I can always use new ideas:) Hope you're planning to make some fun memories this Christmas!