We had lots of fillers like coconut bon bon things, Hershey's on a pretzel, mud buddies, fudge, etc., but the cookies are what took the longest to decorate. I used the Wilton Holiday Products that they sent me and we had a blast. Here are how my "creations" turned out. Sorry for the not-so-awesome pictures...I left my good camera at home.
Cookie Press Snowflakes:
Melting Snowman Cookies:
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies:
Wilton Roll-Out cookie recipe that I told you about before to make Christmas trees and Snowmen. I used Wilton cookie cutters that I bought last year and used pre-made Wilton icing(that I also purchased). We used some extra candy from our Gingerbread House for the stars and for some of the decorations on the trees. I also used sprinkles on some of the others.
Snowmen Sugar Cookies:
Rice Krispies Treats:
We saw this idea in the Wilton Cookie Exchange Book and had to try it. They were fairly easy to make and I think they look great. I used the Snowflake, Snowmen, and Christmas Tree cookies that I showed you above to make them. First we measured the different baskets and cut this floral foam stuff accordingly. Then we wrapped it in white tissue paper. Once the sticks were in(at the end), we curled up ribbon to hide the green a little more on top.
We used melted chocolate to make the cookies stay on the sticks. I put them in the refrigerator to cool and harden completey on a plate. After about 5 minutes, I'd take them out and stick them in the basket. We used two trees, one snowman, and four snowflakes in each basket.
Our Finished Products:
We made a bunch of those platters for families with 4 or more. I bought the little platters for $1 at a local hobby store and loaded them up with goodies. We printed out a bunch of 50% off coupons for places like Michael's and bought the icing and those white bead looking sprinkles. We used several different bowls and baskets that we've picked up here and there to fill with goodies and to use as "cookie grams". Everything took some time, but it really wasn't very expensive at all. I hope these give you some ideas of ways to spread the Christmas cheer to friends and neighbors!