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.
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!
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.
How do you use your Ziploc® Brand bags for the holidays?
This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with Walmart.