How to Host a Christmas Cookie Cake Decorating Party
Are you ready to start the holiday season? I know I am! I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and bake treats for all of the special people that touch our lives throughout the year. Each year I have a fun party with my kids and their cousins – it started out small with only three kids and has grown to six kids. That may not sound big but when you see the jumbo gingerbread man shaped cookie cakes I bake for each child you will understand what I mean! Learn how to host your own Christmas Cookie Decorating Party below.
Disclaimer: Our cookie cakes are rather extreme – instead you could decorate smaller sized cookies and still have the same amount of fun 🙂 Each cookie cake we make goes to a different household – the children draw names for the recipients of their specially made treat.
Early Party Prep
- The first step to getting ready to host a cookie cake decorating party is to find a recipe that you want to use for your cookies. I make Andes Mint Chip Cookies as all of the kids like them and its a straightforward recipe.
- Go shopping
- Buy all of the ingredients you need for your cookie recipe (if you are making multiple cakes make sure you buy extra ingredients as you make have to double, triple or even quadruple your recipe).
- Buy frosting (or ingredients to make your own – I use the Wilton Buttercream Recipe).
- Buy food coloring and flavorings if you want to make colored or flavored frosting.
- Buy decorating items – the items I purchase vary from year to year depending on what I find in the store – we always have red and green candies, peppermints, gummies, and assorted chocolates.
- Buy baking spray.
- Buy cookie cake pans if you don’t have any on hand – Wilton puts on cute ones each year during the holiday season.
- Make your cookie dough – to make 6 cookie cakes I need to make 4 batches of my Andes Mint Chip Cookie recipe found below.
- Bake the cookie cakes according to decorations on the pan.
- Store cookie cakes until party day.
- Make frosting
- Separate the frosting into individual frosting bags (make one per party attendee) – if the kids are small you can skip this step as you can help with the frosting.
Andes Mint Chip Cookies Recipe
- 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 1/2 to 2/3 of a package (12 oz) Andes baking bits
- 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional – I never use nuts)
- Preheat the oven to 375º
- Add the butter and sugar to the mixer and blend until fluffy
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix
- Next add the baking soda, salt and flour - mix until fully blended
- Add the Andes baking bits and gently mix
- Use a small cookie scoop and placed 12 cookies per sheet at a time in the oven
- Bake roughly 12 minutes until slightly browned
Final Party Prep
- Make decoration plates for each attendee (I separate the candies equally and give each child their own allotment to avoid fighting).
- Set up a station for each party attendee (one cookie cake, one frosting bag, one plate full of decorations)
Have the kids come to the table and get started – help them as necessary (squeezing out the frosting can be challenging) but let them have free reign of their creation. The kids will eat a lot of frosting and candy – they will laugh and quite possibly cry (they are kids after all!). They will be proud of their creations and happy to share them.
I love working with my kids and their cousins each year on these cakes – they look forward to it each year and honestly so do I! I enjoy baking and love seeing the kids so happy.