Spinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies

Don’t those look deliciously fun?

Seriously, these sprinkle cookies were a super easy way to give my girls a fun project in the kitchen.

First of all, they love sprinkles.  LOVE.  Them.

So when I put tiny paper plates full of colorful sprinkles in front of them, there were many squeals of joy.

Making Sprinkle Cookies With The Kids!

We used a box cookie mix for this {thanks to Publix BOGO}.

So it was just a basic sugar cookie and piles of whatever sprinkles we had in the pantry.

The girls rolled the cookies in the sprinkles, creating wonderfully colorful cookies, and we baked them according to the package directions.

Sprinkle Cookies

Look at how pretty they were even before baking:  like little sparkly jewels!

They certainly made movie night even more exciting.  :)

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Milk Sprinkles

Milk Sprinkles

Looking for a fun way to add some color to your kid’s celebrations?

I found a picture of this somewhere on Pinterest forever ago, but apparently I didn’t pin it at the time.  Anyway, the image stuck with me, so I decided to try it for my girls’ birthday.

I used their little cups, dipping the rims in some honey I’d poured into a dish (see photo below).  Make sure the entire rim is covered in honey – but only just covered, not dripping gooey clumps of the stuff.  Too much and it will drip down the sides of the cup.

Right after dipping the cups in honey, dip them in nonpareil sprinkles.  I used a Spring mix here (orange, yellow, and white), but use whatever colors you prefer.

Milk Sprinkles

My girls love sprinkles, so this was fun for them.

I wouldn’t do this everyday, but I’m thinking about using color-coordinated sprinkles for different holidays, like red and green for Christmas and orange and purple for Halloween.  And maybe trying chocolate syrup instead of honey next time.

I served this with their pancake breakfast, where I’d made pancakes in the shape of their initials, and later we had some layer cake with chocolate chip filling.

A whole day of fun food is a great way to celebrate birthdays, in my humble opinion.  :)

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Elf-Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Elf Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Actually, all I had intended to do was make mini chocolate chip cookies… until my daughter said, “I want to put sprinkles on them!”

Whoa.

How did I ever come up with creative ideas before I had a 3-year-old to guide me???

Seriously.

Elf Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Anyway, as you can see from the batter, we actually poured the sprinkles right into the mix so they would be spread throughout the miniature cookies.

Elf Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

And when we scooped them onto the cookie trays to bake, we made them smaller than normal, about a half of a teaspoon each.

Perfect for elf-sized hands.  :)

Elf Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Elf-Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

Ingredients:
1 1/8 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl, with a mixer or by hand.  Add egg.

Gradually blend in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Drop a half teaspoon of batter onto baking sheets.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Cool on wire racks.  Store covered.

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Click to PRINT the free PDF of the recipe:  Elf Sized Chocolate Chip Confetti Cookies

And, of course, don’t forget to share some cookies with your elf.

Merry Christmas!  :)

Chocolate Christmas Tree Brownies

Chocolate Christmas Tree Brownies

December can be dangerous.

Especially when I find myself inspired to make things like chocolate Christmas trees that perch on sprinkle-coated brownies.

And it all started because I was hungry when I walked past the candy melts in the grocery store.  Never shop hungry.

Anyway, the result was these adorable chocolate Christmas trees, which I placed on top of little, square brownies that represent crunchy Christmas presents.  :)

Making Chocolate Christmas Trees

Before baking the brownies, I coated the top with nonpareils.  While the brownies were baking, I melted the green candy in a baggy in the microwave (at 50% power).

Once the chocolate was melted, I snipped off a very small point on the corner of the baggy, and squeezed out the chocolate onto waxed paper in the pattern of a Christmas tree.

To make the trees, I went back and forth, tracing out a triangle shape.  Make sure the lines are thick enough and enough of them are touching each other.  If the lines are too thin and too far apart, the trees will probably break.  Also, be sure to draw a “trunk” at the bottom of the tree, so that you can stick it into the brownies.

As soon as you draw a tree, stick a flower or star-shaped large sprinkle at the top, preferably in yellow to represent the tree star, and sprinkle nonpareils over the rest of the tree, to represent the ornaments.

I used Christmas colored nonpareils, but you could also use the normal multicolored ones.  I used the same nonpareils for the brownies and trees.  And for the tree star, I used flower sprinkles that are available year round.  Those are easy to reuse for other holidays, since all I needed were a handful of the yellow ones.

Chocolate Christmas Trees

Let the trees completely cool and harden.  A couple hours is best.  You could also draw them on a cookie sheet that you place in the fridge if you’re in a hurry.

Once the brownies and trees are both completely cooled, cut the brownies into squares.  In the center of each brownie, use your knife or a toothpick to break through the shell of sprinkles and make a little hole for the trees.

The chocolate trees are fragile, so you don’t want to have to put much pressure on them to get them into the brownie.  Gently, but securely, insert the trunk of the tree into the hole in the brownie while holding the tree as close to the bottom of the “branches” as possible, instead of pushing it from the top.

Chocolate Christmas Tree Brownies

You don’t need a whole bag of candy melts to make trees for one tray of brownies.  About half should do it.

But I made extras because these chocolate trees will keep fresh in a container for, well, at least the rest of the season.  I’m saving my extras for the cookie trays.  :)

Chocolate-Covered Football Pretzels

For Grandpa’s birthday, the girls and I wanted to make him something special.  He loves pretzels, so my first thought was fancy, chocolate-dipped pretzels.

Then, I came across Utz’s football shaped pretzels.

Ooohhh … birthday WIN!

chocolate football pretzels

So, I grabbed a bag of the pretzels, some Wilton chocolate melts in brown (like actual footballs) and blue (just for fun), plus some mini M&Ms and some fun sprinkles.

chocolate football pretzels

After melting the candy in the microwave according to the package directions (always at 50% power!), I dipped the pretzels into the chocolate with a fork, tapped the fork on the side of the bowl to shake off the excess chocolate, and placed them on a sheet of parchment paper I’d laid across the counter.

My girls then scattered M&Ms and sprinkles over the pretzels before the chocolate set.

The 19-month-old made sure there was plenty of candy on the pretzels.  :)

chocolate football pretzels

We let the pretzels cool and set completely on the counter for a couple hours, then sealed them inside an airtight container.

You could use some type of fancy treat bag, but Grandpa was just as happy with a Tupperware wrapped in tissue paper.  :)