2 Ways Ziploc® Brand Bags Help Us Make Peppermint Sugar Cookies

This post is written in partnership with SC Johnson. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Making holiday cookies this season? See how Ziploc® Brand products help make our famous peppermint sugar cookies in two important ways #AD #ZiplocHolidayUAI

Cookie making, cooking making – that time of year is here!

Ok, let’s be honest here. If you have kids, you are familiar with Ziploc® Brand products. From the days of babies and diaper bags, to preschool crafts and projects, to travel kits, first-aid kits, and more, these products are a part of our life. I find we use them more than ever during the holiday season, though! From food preservation to DIY crafts, they help us organize our lives! Ziploc® Brand bags and containers are in our pantries and cabinets, and proud! I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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My husband buys the Ziploc® Brand Storage Gallon Family Pack (66 ct) from Walmart, where we also buy all our other holiday items! And it’s not just for the winter holidays, but Walmart has been pulling us happily through the fall holidays too. One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is to make holiday cookies for our loved ones. We make them a little different every year. Two years ago, we made gingerbread men. Last year we wanted salted chocolate gingerbread cookies, and made gingerbread MOOSE instead. This year, we are switching it up even more and making Peppermint Sugar Cookies WITH colored dough. I had no idea how to do any of this, but we figured it out and I’m sharing it with you. It’s fun and easy!

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1 – Make your favorite sugar cookie dough. For ours, we preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then in a bowl, stir together 2.75 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, mix together 1 cup of softened butter and 1.5 cups of white sugar. Then beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend with the dry ingredients. Next, split your cookie dough in half. Put each half in a separate Ziploc® Brand bag. Now it’s time for color!

2 – Put a few drops of red food coloring in one bag, and green in the other. Let your kids mix it all around so it’s evenly distributed in the dough. Don’t worry if it looks swirly. It will spread out more when it’s time to roll and make shapes.

3 – Next, set the dough aside (or continue to let your kids mix up the color safely in the Ziploc® Brand bag), and get your peppermint candies ready. I used soft peppermint candies, because they’re easier to bite for little ones.

4 – Put the peppermint candies in the Ziploc® Brand bag and crush your candy to put on your cookies for baking!

5 – Next, it’s cookie decorating time. Have fun and let little hands help! You’ll see the color spread evenly now.

6 – Bake your sugar cookies for 9-11 minutes in a preheated oven, until golden. Enjoy!

And that’s it! Then you share them with family and friends. We have new neighbors this year and I know they feel like they’re a long way from home, so I think this will help them feel welcome. I still remember when we moved in and it was cold and I was pregnant with Des. Our neighbors came over with holiday cookies and hugs. That’s how they introduced themselves! I love that cookie making will be a part of our holiday narrative, for the kids to remember. I love that Ziploc® Brand bags are both candy crushers and cookie dough color distributors. AND Ziploc® Brand containers hold cookie dough.

Eventually, they hold our cookies as we bring them to our loved ones to spread holiday cheer. The best!

Don’t forget to go to Walmart for ALL your holiday needs, and use this digital coupon for Ziploc® Brand products!

How do you use your Ziploc® Brand bags for the holidays?

This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with Walmart.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Puffs

Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes are so versatile. And you can use them to make this awesome side dish for Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Puffs! #ad #SimplyPotatoes

Today it’s all about the wonder of Simply Potatoes®.

If someone asks me my most favorite food, I have to separate it into categories. There is way too much good in this world to have to narrow it down to one. Favorite fruit? Apples. Ok, and strawberries, and raspberries but only when fresh-picked from the bush. Favorite vegetable? Broccoli. And sometimes broccoli with carrots. And excellently made salad. Favorite dessert? Easy. Ice cream. Ok, and cookies, but only specific ice cream and specific cookies. Favorite side dish? Mashed potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes

When I was a kid, we didn’t have mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. We had our own amazing traditions, but I’d always see mashed potatoes on the dinner table in movies and TV shows and I knew that when I was an adult, I would have them on Thanksgiving, and also any other time I felt like it! The best thing about Simply Potatoes is that they are made with always fresh, never frozen potatoes that go from farm, to fridge, to fork. I found mine in the refrigerated section of my local store, and they come in other varieties too. I made up my own recipe one year after we had leftover potatoes from Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes

With Simply Potatoes, you don’t have to wait for leftovers anymore. They will bake up golden and bubbling, and have all the delicious flavors of potatoes, cheese, and whatever else you want to customize your Mashed Potatoes Puffs with.

Mashed Potatoes

I made a little video of their creation:

Ingredients:

Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes
1/3 cup sour cream
1 heaping cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1 – Preheat your oven to 400 and butter a muffin pan
2 – Whisk two eggs in a medium bowl
3 – Add sour cream and both cheeses
4 – Mix with package of Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes
5 – Spoon into muffin tin and bake for 25-35 minutes
6 – Let cool for at least five minutes and then enjoy!

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Enjoy!