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DIY Cookie Decorating Station

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With the holidays approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about your plans for the season. One of our favorite things to do as a family is leave cookies for Santa, and we love making them together on Christmas Eve to add to the fun and excitement of the evening.

I’m trying a new recipe this year, so I thought I would get a head start on the fun (i.e., I gotta make sure this is even going to work first!), and, of course, the girls were all to happy to oblige mommy and “test” the cookies for Santa.DIY Sugar Cookie Decorating StationWe truly believe you can never go wrong with a traditional, chewy, crisp around the edges sugar cookie, but this year we thought we’d add a little twist to them by decorating them in our own unique ways.Decorating Cookies

Sugar Cookie DecoratingI’ll let you figure out whose is whose!Cookies for SantaThe recipe I followed was very easy, and I’ve linked it below in an easy-to-print format for anyone that wants to give it a try! I’m definitely not “fancy” in the kitchen, so I know you’ll be able to replicate this recipe on your own!

[yumprint-recipe id=’1′]While your cookies are baking, have fun setting up your DIY Station! Start with frosting (we chose plain white since the decorating elements would be colored), then add sprinkles and decorator icing, and you’ve got yourself a fun family tradition!DIY Cookie Decorating StationSpeaking of traditions, every year in our house we select a new ornament for our tree that represents us in some way or has a special meaning to us. 2015 was a year of changes for us (first full year in our new home, my new job, the girls last year at home), so it only seemed appropriate to remember our year together with a 2015 Hallmark Ornament.Hallmark OrnamentHallmark has a great selection of holiday ornaments at Walmart that are perfect for your tree or even to gift to a friend! With over 16 Walmart exclusives, adorable resin figurines, new deco figurines, and Holiday Barbie, there are so many options to choose from (bet you can’t buy just one)! While you’re shopping in the holiday section, don’t forget to look for the at-shelf coupons for all the great Hallmark products, including ornaments and cards.Find Hallmark Ornaments at WalmartWhich Hallmark ornament would be meaningful on your tree this year? Share your fun gifting ideas with me in the comments, and let me know if you try my recipe!