This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. All opinions are 100% mine.
The day after Thanksgiving is the day we go and cut down our Christmas tree. We bundle up in our warmest clothes, and head to our favorite Christmas tree farm. Finding “our tree” is always an adventure, and there’s plenty of conversation and discussion about which tree is “plumpy” enough (that word is courtesy my nine year old girls), has the right branches at the top for the star, and is full enough all the way around. Somehow, in the end, we just know, and we all agree that we’ve found the one. After it’s tied safely to the top of our vehicle, there’s always a stop for hot chocolate to warm up!
Tree decoration happens the next day, and it’s an occasion all on its own. Not only do we place all the ornaments on the tree, but we open our new Christmas pajamas and make & decorate sugar cookies! Cookies and decorating the tree just go together, don’t you think?
As a busy mom, I’ve always been on the lookout for ways during the holidays to help me not only save time, but help me with my budget. A few years ago when I discovered the best sugar cookie mix ever, I was ecstatic! They’ve become part of our tree decorating tradition, and they’re something we look forward to.
Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix is perfect for the cookies for our tree decorating day, because it’s already such a busy day, and I can really use all the time savers I can get. It’s one of my best shortcuts, and my kids love them! I love them not only because they’re yummy (I get asked for the recipe every time I take them somewhere!), but they save me SO much time. In just a few minutes I can whip up a batch of dough, and within 15 minutes, there’s a sheet of warm cookies coming out of the oven. Frosting and decorating is next, and then the eating! Yum!
I also use the Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix to make the most darling reindeer cookies ever! They are super easy to make, and a huge, huge hit with kids.
All you need is red peanut M&Ms, chocolate chips, and the round pretzels broken into pieces.
Mix the peanut butter cookies according to package directions, and when you place them on the cookie sheet, flatten them out just a little bit. While they’re baking, put the red M&Ms and chocolate chips in bowls, and break the pretzel pieces so they’re ready to go. As soon as they come out of the oven, add the red M&M for the nose, chocolate chips for the eyes, and broken pretzel pieces for the antlers.
SO SO adorable!!
If there are peanut allergy concerns, you could totally use the sugar cookie mix instead, and plain M&Ms instead of the peanut M&Ms!!
These reindeer cookies spread cheer everywhere they go! They’re perfect for your own family traditions, plus sharing them with others!
I have coupons so you can try Betty Crocker® sugar cookie and peanut butter cookie mixes too! I found mine at Walmart–always great prices!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? I’d love to hear them!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. The opinions and text are all mine.
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