Over the weekend, when it was snowing and freezing cold, I had an idea for a baking project to do with L. I was curious if she'd be interested in helping me turn sugar cookie dough, frosting, and strawberries into Santa hats and she was—though only as a way to eat the vast majority of the strawberries in the process! But when we had finished our project (with the few berries she agreed to let me set aside), we walked them over to our neighbors to share and she proudly explained what they were.
Baking with little ones can be a challenge (and a mess!), but this is a fun project since the end result is perfect for this time of year and because the berries sort of work as a built-in snack. An extra serving of fruit is a pretty nice bonus at this time of year when treats are all around!
During the holidays, I try to stick with my basic food goals of trying to set my family up for healthy eating success. So most of the time, we surround ourselves with lots of produce for snacks and dessert—but that doesn't mean that we don't have some treats too. These Santa Hats are a nice middle ground. And it doesn't hurt that they are also so super simple to make!
Shortcut Santa Hats
I had organic sugar cookie mix from Miss Jones Baking Co in the house from working on this story, so I used it here. Though homemade dough would be fine too!
1 box sugar cookie mix, dough prepared as instructed
1 quart strawberries, stems sliced off
Frosting (we used this all-natural cinnamon one)
1. Portion 1-tablespoon of the dough into mini muffin tin cups, pressing down and up the sides. Bake as instructed on the package, opting for the longest baking time suggested. Remove from oven and press down the center indentations with the back of a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon to make a little cup. Let cool in the tin.
2. Spread a little frosting onto the bottom of a strawberry and place into the cookie cup. Spoon frosting into a sandwich bag, snip off the end, and pipe on the top of the hat. Repeat to make as many as you like and serve immediately.
To make these ahead, prepare the cookie cups up to a day in advance, store in an airtight container, and assemble right before serving.
Miss Jones, which is a company that makes products that are certified organic, non-GMO, and free from artificial colors and flavors, is hosting a Bake-It-Better Challenge where you can win $1500 worth of goodies (including a $1000 Visa gift card, a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, a Mini Baby Cakes Donut Maker, and more!) for sharing your own creation. And for each photo of one of their products posted on social media with the hashtag #betterwithmissjones, they are donating $1 to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Visit their website for more info at www.missjones.co/better.