Red Velvet Christmas Cookies

Red velvet christmas cookies
PREP
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME
35 minutes
SERVINGS
24
Cookies:
1 package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 tsp red coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
STEP 1

Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, egg, cream cheese and red coloring until well blended.

STEP 2

Place rounded tablespoons dough 2-inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Spray the bottom of a glass jar with non-stick spray. Press down each ball of cookie dough gently until a 2 1/2 inch diameter circle of dough forms.

STEP 3

Bake 9-10 minutes. Cool cookies completely. While cookies cool, make the cream cheese frosting.

STEP 4

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.

STEP 5

Add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, mixing until smooth.

STEP 6

Spread on each cookie and top with holiday sprinkles.

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Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

PREP
20 mins
TOTAL TIME
37 mins
SERVINGS
36 Cookies
1 Package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix
1 Package Krusteaz Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
2 Eggs
2 Sticks Butter, Softened
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

STEP 2

In one bowl, prepare the Krusteaz Gingerbread cookie mix dough according to the package. In a second bowl, prepare the Krusteaz Snickerdoodle cookie mix dough according to the package.

STEP 3

Pour the cinnamon sugar from the Krusteaz Snickerdoodle cookie mix into a third bowl.

STEP 4

Take one heaping teaspoon of each kind of dough and roll them together into a ball. Roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies

These Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies are soft, thick and full of cinnamon topped with a delicious Eggnog frosting. These cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie combining everyone’s favorite snickerdoodle cookie and the traditional Christmas favorite Eggnog drink into one amazingly delicious cookie!

PREP
10 mins
TOTAL TIME
25 mins
SERVINGS
24 Large Cookies
For Cookies:
2 Packages Krusteaz Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter, Softened
1 Tbsp Eggnog
2 Tsp Nutmeg
For Eggnog Frosting:
4 Cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 Cup Shortening
5 Tbsp Eggnog
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Nutmeg
Cinnamon Sugar, for Topping
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

STEP 2

Stir together cookie mix eggs, butter, eggnog, nutmeg and until dough forms.

STEP 3

Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough and form into balls.

STEP 4

Roll cookie dough in cinnamon sugar topping (enclosed) and place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

STEP 5

Bake 12-15 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes and remove from cookie sheet onto a wire rack before adding the frosting.

STEP 6

Make the frosting: In a medium sized bowl, mix powdered sugar, shortening, eggnog, vanilla extract and nutmeg together until smooth

STEP 7

Frost top of cookies as desired. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar.

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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Pie

This Peppermint Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Pie is an easy dessert that’s full of holiday flavors. A buttery sugar cookie crust envelopes creamy peppermint ice cream and is topped with crushed candy canes. It’s a simple dessert that is sure to impress everyone this holiday season

PREP
15 min
TOTAL TIME
2 hr 40 min
SERVINGS
8 slices
Crust:
1 Package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Unsalted butter, softened
Filling:
1 Gallon Peppermint ice cream softened slightly
1/2 Cup Crushed candy canes
Hot fudge and whipped cream for topping, if desired
STEP 1

Heat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 2

In a large bowl, combine cookie mix, egg, and butter. Stir thoroughly until mixture form into dough.

STEP 3

Spread dough onto prepared pan in an even layer, pressing up the sides of pan to form a crust. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until golden.

STEP 4

Remove from oven and immediately take the bottom of a glass or spoon and lightly press down on the cookie to form a flatter layer, (it will puff up during baking). Let cool completely.

STEP 5

Once cookie crust is cooled, scoop softened peppermint ice cream onto crust and spread with a spatula in an even layer. Top with crushed candy canes.

STEP 6

Freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

STEP 7

When ready to serve, let soften for 10 minutes at room temperature, so pie is easier to slice. Garnish with hot fudge and whipped cream, if desired.

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Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Stick

PREP
35 min
TOTAL TIME
45 min
SERVINGS
24
1 Package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Crushed peppermint
6 Oz White melting chocolate
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

STEP 2

Stir together egg and butter. Add cookie mix and flour and stir until dough forms. On clean surface, knead dough until completely combined, then knead in 1/3 cup crushed peppermint. Roll dough into ball and wrap in plastic wrap, place in fridge to chill for 10 minutes.

STEP 3

Once chilled, flatted ball into a disk and roll out to 1/4 in thick between two pieces of parchment paper. Cut dough into 3/4 x 3-inch strips. Transfer cut pieces to parchment paper lined cookie sheet 1 1/2 in apart. Place entire cookie sheet(s) in freezer for 2 minutes. Remove from freezer and bake for 7-8 minutes.

STEP 4

Once removed from oven, let cookies rest on pan for two minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. Once cookies are cool, melt chocolate and drizzle on white melting chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermint.

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Gluten Free Peppermint Brownies

Recipe by:
Jo-Lynne Shane Musings of a Housewife

If you are gluten-free, I highly recommend giving Krusteaz a try. Besides that, all you need is a container of chocolate frosting, a box of candy canes and powdered sugar.

That’s right, you only need four ingredients to make these tasty and festive brownie treats! These are perfect for bringing to classroom holiday parties or holiday cookie swaps, gifting to teachers or care givers, or making for your own consumption!

PREP
30 min
TOTAL TIME
50 min
SERVINGS
12
1 Package Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
Chocolate frosting (store bought or favorite homemade)
Candy canes, crushed
Powdered sugar
STEP 1

Make the brownies according to package directions; cool.

STEP 2

Slice into squares. Spread a thin layer of frosting on top and then sprinkle with crushed candy canes and powdered sugar.

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How to Decorate Holiday Cookies

Here at Krusteaz®, when we think winter holidays, we think COOKIES! There’s no easier, tastier way to involve the kids in holiday preparation and create a new family tradition. Our Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix, Gingerbread Cookie Mix and Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix help you make classic holiday treats that are super easy to prepare – just stir in softened butter and an egg – and they’re ready to bake. 

Get the Kids Involved

But what really makes cookies exceptional this time of year is taking the extra step to decorate them. You don’t need to be a trained pastry chef to make cookies look extra special. In fact, leave this step to the kids while you manage the hot cookie sheets. We’ve got a couple of easy tips to ensure even the youngest chef in your kitchen can be successful.

What You’ll Need

We recommend you have a few things on hand to make the best of your cookie decorating fun.

  • Small ramekins or bowls
  • Food coloring
  • Toothpicks for fine detailing
  • Tweezers for placing decorations
  • Craft paint brushes

Add Colorful Sprinkles

One of the simplest, prettiest ways to decorate cookies is by topping them with colorful sprinkles. Sprinkling cookies or rolling them in sparkling sugar before they are baked are the fastest, easiest techniques to add a fun and festive look. 

If the kids are little enough that shaking sprinkles on the cookies ends up with more sprinkles than cookie, put the sprinkles in a little bowl and let them take pinches of sprinkles and dust the cookies. If you prefer sprinkling them after the cookies have cooled, you’ll first need to ice them and add sprinkles while the icing is still wet.

Easy Make-at-Home Sprinkles

Divide 2 cups of granulated sugar into several small bowls; add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bowl; stir well to distribute the color evenly.

Paint Cookies with a Glaze

Another easy-as-pie trick, let the kids paint the cookies! Set up a station with parchment-lined baking sheets for them to work on, make a thin glaze out of powdered sugar and water, add food coloring, pass out the paintbrushes and let them go. You’ll end up with beautiful, unique “watercolor-inspired” cookies.

Easy Make-at-Home Glaze

Place 2 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar in a medium bowl, add water or milk, a tablespoon at a time, until glaze is desired consistency. Divide the glaze into smaller bowls and add food coloring as desired. Then either brush glaze on or use an off-set spatula or butter knife to ice cookies.

Make it Festive. Make it Krusteaz®

Have some holiday fun by decorating cookies with your friends and family. With Krusteaz®, you can quickly make a batch of ready-to-decorate cookies that taste just like they came from a bakery. Turn it into a contest to see who can decorate the best cookie. Share your creations with those you love. 

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Cookies

PREP
15 min
TOTAL TIME
25 Minutes
SERVINGS
20-22 Cookies
1 Package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers or Dark Chocolate Chips
Holiday Sprinkles for Topping, If Desired
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or grease with non-stick cooking spray.

STEP 2

In a medium bowl, add Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix, egg, and butter. Stir and/or use hands to knead until mixture forms a dough, may take several minutes.

STEP 3

Drop 1 rounded tablespoon of dough onto prepared pan and spread cookies 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.

STEP 4

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges of cookies are browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

STEP 5

Once cookies are completely cooled, add dark chocolate wafers/chips to a small bowl.

STEP 6

Microwave on medium power for about 2 minutes to melt, stirring every 15 seconds so it doesn't burn.

STEP 7

Working one cookie at a time, dip halfway into chocolate and then place onto parchment paper to set.

STEP 8

Sprinkle tops of chocolate with holiday sprinkles.

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Gluten Free Eggnog Crumb Cake

PREP
5 Min
TOTAL TIME
45 Minutes
SERVINGS
12
1 Package Krusteaz Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake Mix
1/4 Cup Eggnog
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
Glaze
1 Tbsp Eggnog
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
STEP 1

Heat oven to 350 Fº. Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with foil.

STEP 2

Stir together eggnog, eggs, oil and cake mix (batter will be slightly lumpy).

STEP 3

Spoon half of the batter into prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon topping (included) over batter.

STEP 4

Drop remaining batter in small spoonfuls over topping layer and spread to edge of pan. Sprinkle remaining topping evenly over batter.

STEP 5

Bake loaf for 40-42 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

STEP 6

To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and eggnog until smooth. Drizzle over cake before slicing.

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