Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Tradition

Will never say "YES" to sleepover during Christmas season again.

Discovered Fringe Benefits of Helping LONG AGO!

Getting close to the end.

Sample of finished work.

One of our traditions is to make decorated cookies. Another is to drag some poor unsuspecting soul into helping us. Yesterday evening it was my daughter's friend "A". As my daughter, like her mom, slapped icing on these hummers working towards a goal of GETTING FINISHED, "A" meticulously outlined exactly what she wanted to do on each cookie...with toothpicks. TWO hours later, they were finally all either finished, or part of the reserve without icing that we maintain for someone around here who likes them better that way.

I have to say, these do not live up to the artistic standards of one of my favorite food blogs, but you can tell that kids did them, and had fun doing so. And they taste good!

These cookies are so easy. Even Thom could make them because they do not require using the OVEN! They taste like rice krispie squares but they're festive! We call them Holly Cookies because that's what they're supposed to look like. "A" says they look like red-eye tree frogs. Um . . . yeah, I guess if red-eye tree frogs have multiple eyes! They most certainly TASTE better than red-eye tree frogs would. . . I think.

Holly Cookies

1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
30 large marshmallows
1/2 tsp green food coloring
4 1/2 cups corn flakes
red hot candies

Melt margarine and marshmallows together over low heat, stirring frequently. Add food coloring. Add corn flakes. Once corn flakes are coated, drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Add red hots before the lava cools. (It helps to spray the spoons and the waxed paper with non-stick spray)

As for me, I'm pretty sick of cookies and icing at this point. I am going to re-make those truffles though. Stay tuned for photos.


Anonymous said...

That looks soooo fun. What a big batch of cookies I must say. And my dearest sweet one...how do you run the stove? If you have to melt butter and marshmallows together? Seems to me it involves an appliance LOL :) Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

quilly said...

Kelley -- please keep in mind that Thom is the one who cooks the Thanksgiving turkey at his house. Some year he is going to get confused and put himself in the oven.

I am with A on the sugar cookies. I actually have been known to use paint brushes (bought specifically for decorating) to get them just so. Of course, I haven't made them in years because they're just too much work -- LOL!

SouthLakesMom said...

So Thom is a closet cook? Hmmmm...I figured he was protesting way too much for it to be real.

Kinda like his "Scrooge" act. We know he's a big softie.

Merry Christmas all!

Jeanette said...

We call the Holly Cookies, Wreaths and we shape them into wreaths with the cinammons as decorations.
Takes a bit more time so I'm liking the Holly idea.