Every Holiday season we throw a Santa party. I would like to take full credit for this, however we had neighbors that did this in our last community and I stole the idea.
This year I decided to add Mrs. Claus into Santa’s take away gift for the children. Each child was given one of these bags with contained an iced Christmas tree, a gingerbread man paint pallete and a brush. All of the children were very excited to go home and paint Santa’s favorite cookies for his arrival.
Here were some of the end results. It was wonderful to receive pictures of the children’s Christmas tree’s waiting for Santa.
- 2 cups all purpose flour- plus more for the board
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3/4 – 1 cup water (you may need less)
- Nail Polish
Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. In an electric mixer combine flour and salt and mix well.With the mixer on low speed add in the water slowly until dough comes together in a ball. You may need as little as 1/2 cup of water or as much as 1 cup so pour slowly and stop when the dough comes together and feels like cookie dough.Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm up.On a very well floured board, roll dough out to 1/4″ thick. Cut out ornament shapes using various cookie cutters.Transfer ornaments to prepared cookie sheets and poke a small hole in each using a toothpick. Make hole large enough for an ornament hook or ribbon. Bake for 30 minutes. The ornaments should only harden but not brown.
We used nail polish it gave great shine and a nice array of color options. You can use food coloring or paints if you want.