Friday, December 17, 2021

Holiday DIY Sugar Cookie Bags Family Craft

Christmas DIY

How to Make Time to Bake & Craft as a Family 

Are a busy mom or dad? A parent or child caregiver who especially wishes you could find the time during the hectic holiday season to decorate and bake some homemade sugar cookies, make a simple Christmas craft and just spend some quality memorable moments together with your kids? If you answered yes, and feel the same way I do, you are not alone.

Christmas Decorated Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Truth be told, the holidays don't have to be non-stop do this, do that. Nor does this time of year need to feel overwhelming and stressful with a seemingly unending list of errands to run around town leaving you with little energy to just enjoy the season and spend some quality time with loved ones.

Mom Hack Secret

Want to know my my busy mom secret for creating an extra few precious hours in your day to bake and decorate those holiday sugar cookies you've been dreaming about, with time to spare to make easy DIY cookie bags from holiday gift wrapping paper? Sign up for a Walmart+ Membership at Walmart.

This can be a real game changer in terms of minimizing anxiety, paving the way to easily shopping online in one place for all the baking ingredients you'll need, as well as pretty colored decorating sprinkles, holiday cookie cutters, and Christmas gift wrap to craft your own seasonal gift cookie bags. My easy recipe and simple directions to make the handmade cookie bags I've created follow below. 

Christmas Decorated Sugar Cookie Recipe


A Vintage Family Recipe from my Mom

  • 1/3 cup margarine 
  • 1/3 cup shortening 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 t. vanilla extract 
  • 1 t. fresh grated orange zest 

Cream together the 5 ingredients above, then stir in 

  • 2 eggs 
  • 2-1/2 cups flour 
  • 1 t. baking powder 
  • 1/2 t. salt 

Mix together until you have a soft dough, then wrap in in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1+ hrs (or pop in freezer for 15 mins). On a lightly floured surface, roll out cookie dough with rolling pin to about 1/8" thick and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer cookies to cookie sheets covered with baking parchment paper to prevent sticking, 

For Decorating Cookies
  • Your choice of colored sprinkles 

Pour sprinkles into sets of mini bowls for each child and give them a tray of their own cookies to decorate. Some been there, done that motherly advice on a fun decorating experience: As mom of 4 kids born within a year (big brother, then triplets), you definitely don't want little ones pouring sprinkles directly from originally containers, unless you don't mind cleaning up the worst mess possible while playing referee to a sibling "I had it first!" fight or two over one particular sprinkle. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes, then transfer to baking rack to cool. 

Christmas Cookie Gift Bag DIY Craft


A new 2021 DIY project I designed

  • Choice of assorted holiday or Christmas gift wrapping paper
  • White craft glue
  • Ruler & Pencil
  • Decorative Scissors (optional)

How-to Directions

To make paper cookie bags, use a ruler and pencial to mark and cut 7" x 10" rectangles from giftwrap paper. Then add a small amount of white glue around 3 edges of the paper and fold in half creating cookie bags which measure 7" tall x 5" wide and allow to dry completely. If desired, after glue has set, trim bag top opening with a decorative scissor (or pinking shears) to create pretty edging. Fillcool homemade cookies and start spreading some holiday cheer.

More about Walmart+ Membership

Walmart+ Membership offers perks made for today's fast-paced modern family lifestyles. It's the ultimate mom life hack for member shoppers, making it possible to do it all.

  • Get free unlimited delivery from stores and free shipping with no order minimum 
  • Grab extra savings on every gallon of fuel when you fill up your vehicle at Walmart and Murphy stations as well as access Sam's Club member gas prices at their fuel centers 
  • Save on some prescription medicines, saving up to 85% on thousands more prescriptions 
  • Enjoy the added conveniences of contact-free scan and go shopping and a streamlined store experience when you visit your local Walmart store

With those reclaimed hours, I hope you enjoy making, decorating, packaging, and giving some holiday sugar cookies as much as I have. Walmart truly has everything you need to make the holidays merry and bright -- and the best part is with Walmart+ Membership they can even deliver it all to your door the same day, saving you time that you can instead spend baking and spending quality time and memories that last a lifetime with your children.

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