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Chanukah is in the air, and we can feel it! This cookie decorating party is a fun way to get into the Chanukah spirit. You can save it for a rainy Sunday afternoon in Kislev or a special Chanukah vacation activity! I used the NEW Manischewitz pre-baked sugar cookie kit and the Chanukah ugly sweater kit, which made the whole setup such a breeze. Prepping the cookies, sprinkles, and icing bags in advance makes the cookie decorating process a lot less stressful for everyone!
And because Manischewitz thinks of everything, be sure to check out their Chanukah cookie houses. They’re perfect to give as a gift and make a great party activity as well!
I started by setting each place with a Chanukah placemat, which can be colored for more fun! On top, I placed these plastic plates that have built-in sections, perfect for holding all the cookie decorations.
I combined both the pre-baked sugar cookie kit and the Chanukah ugly sweater kit for a variety of cute shapes, sprinkles, frosting, and icing. The ugly sweater cookies are made from a cookie mix, which I baked with the kids. If that’s too much for you, you can put them together in advance. Each kit came with frosting packets that needed a few ingredients. They were super easy to put together and, once they were ready, I assembled them into the decorating bags that came with the kits and placed them on the trays. The pre-baked cookie kits come with a royal icing and the ugly sweater kits come with directions to make your own frosting. The kids enjoyed having both textures to work with. I divided up the sprinkles into shot glasses and placed those on the tray as well.
To decorate the table, I sprinkled confetti and chocolate coins all around. For the centerpiece, I used a battery-powered menorah. Each kid got a glass of milk with a fun blue and white straw. I’ve never seen kids so excited about milk! We all know it’s the cookies’ best friend.
Each kid got to take a cookie box to store their cookies in, along with a blue ribbon and Chanukah-themed stickers. Their sticky blue and yellow faces and bellies full of cookie samples evidenced that they were beyond overjoyed with this Chanukah activity. I was thrilled to have such an easy setup!
TIPS FOR DECORATING COOKIES WITH KIDS:
1. Feed them a snack beforehand, so they can enjoy the cookie decorating process.
2. If they’re worried they’ll mess up, give them a piece of parchment paper to practice the icing on.
3. Give them some toothpicks to use to spread the icing around the cookies.
4. Let the frosting and/or icing harden completely before placing them inside the box.
See the videos below for some cookie decorating ideas!
Don’t forget the Chanukah music. Enjoy!