Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

We hosted a Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party last night for some of my kid’s friends.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

Invitations:

I had found this  Cookie Exchange Kit over the summer in Illinois at Goodwill and knew it would be perfect for our Christmas party this year!

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Gingerbread Cookies:

The recipe we always use is from my 99 year old Grandma. She always made these at Christmas – I’m so glad that 4 generations get to enjoy these cookies and create memories!

Gingerbread Boy Cookies: Grandma Dobberfuhl’s Recipe
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Stephanie Bruce
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1c shortening
  • 1c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1c molasses
  • 2tbs vinegar
  • 5c sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2tsp soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 2 to 3tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp cloves
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly cream shortening with sugar. Stir in egg, molasses, and vinegar; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; stir into molasses mixture. Chill at least 3 hours.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut with a gingerbread-boy cutter. Place 1″ apart on greased cookie sheet. Use red cinnamon candies for faces and buttons (optional). Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) for 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack.
  3. Makes 5 dozen 4″ cookies.

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HERE is a full picture tutorial I wrote a few years back.

Frosting:

I bought cans of frosting and mixed the food coloring right in the can.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

I then put it in extra small ziplock baggies and cut off the tips to make disposable decorating bags. This size was great because it was easy for the little kids to hold…and great for me because it contained the mess big time!! Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

The cute little decorators hard at work…Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

Plates:

I bought these large plates at Dollar Tree. They had two purposes: 1. The kids decorated their cookies on them 2. Transported their cookies home on them!

Here’s all of their beautiful work… 🙂Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

Drinks:

We served hot chocolate for the kiddos

Aprons:

Of course I just had to make these cute little aprons for my kiddos!

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

I made these aprons for all of the kids for our party 2 years ago…

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

HERE is the blog post I wrote about that party.

Cookie Exchange:

Somehow I missed taking  pictures of the cookies that the other families brought to exchange. But I assure you there were some really great tasting cookies!

Other Tips:

Buy a clear plastic tablecloth to go over your regular tablecloth so the kids don’t get frosting all over it and stain it! You’ll be so glad you did! …also, you can just throw it out cutting down on your clean up time!

Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

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