Friday, December 11, 2009

Countdown 'til Christmas ~ Day 14/Gingerbread Houses & Santa Cookies

Saturday, a friend/cousin and her daughter came over to make Gingerbread Houses and Santa Cookies.
Ashley, below, wearing a "Spoiled" pink and purple Santa hat...no truer words could ever be spoken! :)

Alot of laughter and creativity went into making their houses...
...and lots and lots of embellishments that weren't included in the kit.

Ash's creation...
Sam and her house...

While the girls worked on their gingerbread houses, Angi helped me with the Santa Cookies. My MIL gave me the idea. I carried them to the Children's Cantata Reception Sunday night, and they were a big hit!

They are really easy, and very cute and tasty, but time consuming! Just wanted to let you know! :)


Directions:I started with two packages of Nutter Butter Cookies. One end was dipped in melted white almond bark chocolate, and then sprinkled with red candy sugar, to depict Santa hats. (Bark was melted in microwave, a few squares at a time.)
After the white chocolate was dry, I dipped the other end a little farther up the cookie, for the Santa's beard.

Note: Make sure to shake off excess red sugar really well before dipping the other end in the melted white chocolate! It will easily get mixed in.

After this end hardened, I added red hots for the noses and white chocolate morsels for the "ball" of the Santa hat.

The eyes were mini chocolate chip morsels. Morsels and red hots were all adhered to the cookie with white frosting, and it held very well!
Now aren't they just precious! :)
Wishing you a Merry 'lil Christmas, now! ~Rhonda
Linking this post to "Foodie Friday," By Designs by Gollum Blog.

21 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Cute, cute gingerbread houses and those little Santa cookies are adorable!!!

Suzanne

Alicia said...

It's been a long time since I've made a gingerbread house. Not since my kids were little. I need grandbabies I tell ya! Love the cookies too.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Adorable little girls and adorable gingerbread houses! I think these santa's are wonderful. So much fun!
Yvonne

Tardevil said...

I can't believe how well their gingerbread houses turned out. We tried one once, and it turned out like poo. The cookies are too cute. Maybe it would be easier to do the hats after the beards so the beards would already be dry. I thought your Ashley was older than she looks in the pictures. She doesn't look alot older than mine. Thought about you this week. I went to Black Lion....and I wasn't good! ;o) And, I could have been SO much worse! LOL! Have a great Christmas, if I don't make it back by.

Beth at Aunties said...

These are all so cute... the sweet girls( they can never be too loved (spoiled)can they?) who filled your home with laughter and creativity and the really precious cookies! I loved them and will be borrowing a other great idea from you:) I bet they were a hit Sunday evening!
Merry Christmas Rhonda.

onlymehere said...

Love the Rudolph cookies! I guess I'm the only one who can't read the posts so I'll just be happy with pictures! Thanks sooooooo very much for your kind words on my blog. It's been a little rough but I've handled it better than I thought I would. Of course, so far it just feels like he's at work :)

Sweet TN Biscuits said...

The little santa cookies are precious! I want to make one of those gingerbread houses this year- looks like I need to get out and but one today

honeysuckle said...

Aren't you the cutest one making those gingerbread houses so early. Girls look like they enjoyed thier frosting too. I saw the santa cookies last year and want to make them this year. Thanks for the good picture tutorial!

Jeanette said...

The Santa cookies are too cute!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Oh, you're right, those are Super Cute Santa cookies.

I want one of those "spoiled" Santa hats for my granddaughter. Wherever did it come from?

Everything today is sooooo cute!

Mary said...

Those Santa cookies are just adorable. I, too, love the "spoiled" Santa hat.

Michael Lee West said...

Oh, I LOVE the cookies! They are edible art. I specially love the memories you made with the gingerbread houses. A heartwarming post!

Hoosier Homemade said...

I shared your goodies on my Friday Favorites list.
http://hoosierhomemade.com/friday-favorites-more-holiday-help/
~Liz

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, these are as cute as can be! From the girls' smiles they are loving making those gingerbread houses, and the little cookies are darling!

Loved this...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your Santa cookies are adorable and I also love the gingerbread house! Great holiday baking projects!!! Thanks for sharing and have a happy FOODIE FRIDAY! Coralie

Kathy said...

Looks like lots of fun! Those Santa's are absolutely darling. I think I'll get the supplies and do that with my granddaughters this weekend. We will have them both over night Saturday amd they would love making those. Thanks for the idea!

Merry Christmas, Rhonda.
Kathy

onlymehere said...

Maybe it's the tears in my eyes that makes it hard to read. J/K, I can read the white writing but not the black. I'm sure it's just my monitor...it's older than the pilgrims but it's 21" and works well! Me

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Rhoda, Just wanted you to know I got your kind note. I was so excited to hear that you have those measuring scoops too! I love mine!!!!! Arn't they the best? I got mine on a trip to Savannah, and left the store hugging my bag, repeating, "I won't have buyers remorse, I won'gt have buyers remmorse..." Because I was trying to justify spending $$$ on glorified measuring cups! Soooooo well worth it.

I'm just so happy someone else knows the joy!!!
Yvonne

Shelia said...

Hi Rhonda! Oh, the girls are so cute with their gingerbread houses and the houses look great!
Now, Dear One! Your little cookies are the cutest things I've ever seen! How cute! Wonder if I'd have the patience to make these? :)
Sorry you didn't find a cloche. I know different areas probably have different things. No, I didn't seen any angels like that. They sound great though.
After all that cooking doings, you had better take off for the weekend and rest your tired tiny fingers.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

silk purse said...

I love what you've posted for this week's Foodie Friday; those cookies , the girls and the gingerbread houses are delightful!~ What a great idea!.., You are warmly welcome to pop by for "hot choclate and coookies" as well as to view the posts below for our little, "Teddy Bears Christmas Tea" and below that "tea parties" galore.., Enjoy!..,


Cheers from Silken Purse @ The Plumed Pen

onlymehere said...

Now I'm laughing at myself! With the red noses I thought they were Rudolph's before, lol! Appearances can be so deceiving until you get the full story...hmmm...good lesson on life there I guess. You are an amazing mom!