We Put Our Christmas Tree Up on Thanksgiving!!

My family’s Christmas tradition is to put up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving. Each year our special elf TJ comes back from the North Pole Thanksgiving night. My children love that the next morning TJ has baked them donuts, and is ready to report back to Santa on their behavior. Throughout the time leading up to Christmas, TJ moves throughout the house, and leaves fun treats for the kids.

My family also loves to bake for the holiday season. Our favorite recipe is to make as a family is melted snowman cookies.

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 package (1 lb) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
Black confetti candy sprinkles
Orange jimmies candy sprinkles
Betty Crocker™ Decorating Cookie Icing chocolate icing
Betty Crocker™ Decorating Decors snowflakes

Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms.

Roll half the dough into walnut-size balls, and then flatten slightly on a parchment-lined or ungreased cookie sheet. Roll remaining dough into marble-size balls, and place on cookie sheet; do not flatten these.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Cool about 5 minutes or until cookies are firm enough to be transferred to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating at 30-second intervals until it can be stirred smooth. Cover work surface with waxed or parchment paper.

Place a dot of melted coating on bottom of a small cookie and place it toward one edge of a larger cookie. Spoon coating over entire cookie, allowing some to spill over edge of bottom cookie.

Place two black confetti pieces on small cookie for eyes, and an orange candy sprinkle in center for a carrot nose. Place three black confetti sprinkle “buttons” on the bottom cookie. Alternatively, you can decorate one large cookie in the same manner, to represent a completely melted snowman.

Use the cookie icing to draw on arms. Sprinkle with snowflakes; allow to dry completely.

Store cookies in airtight container

I hope you enjoy this holiday season!