My normal holiday baking extravaganza(s?) didn’t quite make it to the top of the to-do lists this year. After Sally Lyn was born I promised myself I would take some time off from doing any crazy big projects. It’s just too hard to commit to the kitchen all day when not two but now THREE little people need my attention and help. We’ve been slowing down and enjoying the cozy laziness that has set in. And it is so so nice to snuggle up with all my babies. But that doesn’t mean all the fun parts of Christmas have been abandoned! My girlies and I love making cookies. It’s what I loved most about the holidays as a little girl and definitely something my own kids love now.
I’m so excited to share this new product with you. New Nestle Toll House Rolled And Ready Cookie Dough Sheets turned out to besuch a great solution for this baking-obsessed-but-now-super-busy Mama! We had none of the fuss of “actual baking” (no dirty bowls and spatulas to clean up, no ingredients to remember to buy, no waiting around for dough to chill or thaw) but all the fun of making cookies together for the holidays. Plus we had extra time to spare!
I had promised the girls we’d do gingerbread of some sort and was thrilled to discover not only the new Cookie Dough Sheets but also that fact that they weren’t exclusively sugar cookie dough but chocolate and gingerbread dough too. What a lifesaver! I almost always have regular cookie dough supplies handy but rarely have everything on hand to make gingerbread (molasses and various gingerbread spices aren’t staples in my pantry). Add that to this Mini Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter I found (!!) and we were in business.
The dough sheets come two in a package. They were perfectly flat, lightly floured and ready to go. If you find any little “swiss cheese holes” in your dough just gently smoosh the area together to close it up. If you can’t do this just cut around the hole. Not a big deal. I added a bit more flour because I was paranoid about sticking but I don’t think it would have been a problem.
The cookie cutters cut the dough beautifully and each shape was easily transferred to my cookie sheets. (Family secret: these
are the ONLY baking pans we use for cookies. They make a huge difference!) I cut out four houses first, the re-rolled the dough to cut out gingerbread men and snowflakes. There was a bit leftover so I did what the package says to do: roll the leftovers into 1 inch balls, and flatten lightly with the bottom of a glass (I dipped my glass in sugar).
I spent 5 minutes while these were baking whipping up my favorite royal icing recipe. I’ve always used this one from the Pampered Chef, but use whatever icing you like best!
A lot of our candy stash was a bit too big for teeny houses and small gingerbread men. We might do this project a few more times with bigger shapes since I have Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough already ready to go in my fridge!
So what do you think? Will you add this dough to your shopping list? My mind is racing with ideas! I LOVE the decorating part of making cookies so taking the entire “baking from scratch” step out of the equation and still ending up with a delicious cookies is so awesome for me. I think chocolate sandwich cookies might be fun, or sugar cookie lollipops! I never doubt Nestle Toll House (the only chocolate chip cookie my family makes is the original Nestle recipe right on their bag of semi-sweet chips) and was not surprised that their new cookie dough sheets lived up to their high company standards. If you whip up something fun with these dough sheets with your own family please share with me so I can see! Use the hash tags #nestletollhouse and #cookiedoughsheets on instagram or twitter.
Today’s post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House, but my love for their Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets is all my own!