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Make decorative cookies with ease

By on November 16, 2012
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Cookie cutters make sugar cookies in lovely shapes. Some cutters are much easier to use than others. Rather than fuss with cutters during the busy holiday season, you can imprint your cookies with items around your home, such as a meat tenderizer, potato masher or spatula. Regular rubber craft stamps can work, too (they’d have to be clean stamps, of course).
The first reader tip shares what she uses to stamp cookies:

Cookie cut-outs:

At Christmas, I don’t use cookie cutters. I use a small glass to cut circles in the dough. If I want them to be a little fancy, I use the bottom of the glass as a cookie “stamp” to press a design into the cookie dough. It creates less fuss for me than cookie cutters. — Lillian, New York

Magnetic ornaments:

I attach magnets to ornaments, silk flowers and Happy Meal toys and hang them on the fridge to decorate for the holidays. — Mindy, Florida

Christmas shopping at Goodwill:

We have budgeted $100 per child this year. I want to make that amount go as far as possible, so I will be looking for some secondhand presents. Our son is 6 years old, and he loves to play board games with us. Today at Goodwill, I found a Jenga set for $2, a set of dominoes for $1 and a set of five wooden peg board games (similar to the ones on the tables at Cracker Barrel restaurants) for $2. The boxes were beat-up, so I also chose some cute, sturdy Christmas-themed tins to package the games in. I also picked out a few books that I think both kiddos will like. — M.J., Maine

Get more from dominoes:

FYI, there are tons of different domino games. You can find various instructions and rules for different games for free online, so your kids would be getting multiple games from one set of dominoes. — S.D., Minnesota

Evaluate which traditions to keep:

I always hated the Christmas parade; I found it to be cold, boring and too late at night. The traffic back home was a mess. It always felt like such a chore, but it was a family tradition, so I kept forcing myself to take my family to it. Then one day, I asked the family individually what they loved doing at Christmas. With glowing eyes and the biggest smile, the very first thing out of my daughter’s mouth was the Christmas parade. I was totally shocked. Now that I know that it is special to her, I don’t hate the parade. Seeing it through her eyes, the parade is a joy; the cold is fun, and the traffic … well, that is just a little bit easier to put up with. — J. Moffitt, Pennsylvania

Keep cold air out:

I have two big double-windows downstairs. I hung cheap transparent shower curtains over each, under the curtains. They fit both windows perfectly, and they keep out the cold air surprisingly well. — Rudy, Missouri

Dishwasher heat dry:

A note if you open your dishwasher to let dishes dry versus using the heat-dry feature: I used to do this, and over the years it has destroyed the particle board/laminate countertop over the dishwasher. It’s probably best to only open the dishwasher and let the dishes air-dry if the counter is solid and indestructible. — Carol, Maryland

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