I made a different treat each day leading up to the party. In total, I made 233 cookies, enough for everyone at the party and Santa.
Sunday: Hugs pretzels
Just lay out square pretzels on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and top each with a Hershey's Hug. Put them in the oven at 170 degrees for about four minutes and then top with an M&M. Salty and sweet and so easy.
Monday: Chocolate Dreidels
More time-consuming than the pretzels, but not much harder - Attach a Hershey's Kiss to a marshmallow with chocolate, then insert a thin pretzel rod into the other side of the marshmallow. Coat the entire "top" in chocolate, chill and then pipe on the Hebrew letters
Tuesday: Linzer Cookies
These cookies require a special cookie cutter that does the bottom cookie and the top cookie with the shape cut out of the middle. You'll need to make equal numbers of each type, but I never end up counting correctly. Make the cookies according to the recipe below and then fill them with blackberry preserves.
Zest of 1 lemon
3/4 C. ground alnuts
1 C. sugar
3 1/2 C. Flour
3 sticks of butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Blend together ingredients, roll dough and cut cookies, bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown, fill with delicious jam.
Wednesday: Iced Sugar Cookies
I love playing with colorful sugars, so I did the star of David cookies in blue, gave my snowmen black hats and did red stockings and green trees. I also did striped candy canes and used peppermint frosting instead of vanilla to imitate the real thing!
Thursday: Italian Rainbow/7-Layer Cookies
These little squares, the colors of the Italian flag, come from making three very thin cakes and stacking them with layers of apricot jelly and topping it with a layer of melted chocolate.
Friday: Cherry Walnut White Chocolate Chip Cookies
The best thing about this recipe is the touch of salt you can taste in the cookies, plus the fabulous chewy texture. You can add whatever mix-ins you like. Originally this was a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.
2 1/4 C. Flour
2 large eggs
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Blend ingredients. Add desired mix-ins. Drop tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown on the edges. Mine took about 14 minutes, but some people's ovens take only 8-10 so I'd watch them carefully.