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As is the tradition in many households I’m sure, on Christmas Eve, we leave out cookies and milk for Santa.
This year however, I really wanted to get the preschooler a little more involved in the process. As he has gotten older, I have tried to include him not just in the traditions themselves, but also in their preparation and so far, we’re both having a lot of fun.
For this particular tradition, we decided that he would help make some cookies that we could leave out for Santa and, of course, he got to taste test them to make sure that they were good enough :) In the end, they turned out great and if you’re short on time or just want to get the kids involved without a huge baking mess, these super simple Christmas cookies might be just what you need!
These are seriously a breeze to make and the kids are going to love them! No baking, no gigantic pile of dishes to do afterwards, just a fun afternoon with the kids and a few delicious cookies when you’re done!
First, you’re going to want to gather up your supplies. You’ll need:
- Oreo Cookies (we used the mint flavor since they were green but you could use any variety that you like)
- Colored candy melts (again, any colors that you like)
- A plate
- A couple of bowls (for melting the candy melts)
First up, the adult in the group will have to separate the candy melts into bowls by color and melt them in the microwave. Start by microwaving for 45 seconds or so and then in 20-30 second bursts until they are completely melted.
Now for the fun part! Once your candy melts are melted, have your child start dipping in the cookies. You can dip in only one half if you prefer or you could use a spoon to cover the entire thing! The choice is yours.
Once your cookies have been dipped, but before they’ve hardened, start adding your sprinkles. Add as many or as little as you like. This is a fantastic fine motor workout as well as a great way to practice following directions in a step by step process.
When you’re done with the sprinkles and are satisfied with the way your cookies are looking, you can either set them aside for a few minutes for them to harden up or you could pop them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes and speed up the process.
Either way, come bedtime, you’ll have some delicious cookies waiting to be set out for Santa along with a fun memory with your little ones!