This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli, but all opinions are my own.
If there’s one thing my family loves, it’s holiday traditions. Easter baskets, Valentine’s Day treats, being able to eat at a restaurant of your choice for your birthday. Our Christmas Advent calendar is a tradition we look forward to each year, with one particular activity that everyone loves: making sugar cookies!
We bake them and decorate them in different ways each year, but this year we decided to try something new. We’re taking our cookies to the next level by dipping them in melted Ghirardelli wafers before we add the sprinkles! So delicious and super easy to do. Here I’m sharing how we make delicious holiday dipped sugar cookies, and I’d love for you to try it too!
Turning on the Holiday Cheer
Before we begin baking, we get in the holiday mood. We turn on a little Christmas music, light up the tree, and wear some cozy pajamas or Christmas-themed clothes. There’s just something about surrounding ourselves in all things Christmas that makes it that much more fun!
I try to plan cookie decorating after nap so the little ones are well-rested. Plus then they have plenty of time to decorate and snack on their cookie creations well before dinner!
Once we are all ready, the cookie fun begins.
Making the Cookies
This activity is so easy, there aren’t many materials or ingredients needed:
- sugar cookies, baked and cooled
- Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers
- Ghirardelli Vanilla Flavored Melting Wafers
- microwave-safe bowls for melting the wafers
- plates, parchment paper, or wax paper to hold the decorated cookies
For our Christmas cookies, I use my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I make the cookies in advance (usually during nap time) so the kids don’t have to wait for the cookies to cool. They haven’t figured out patience just yet!
My kids love to use red and green sprinkles, but any color sprinkles will do. Silver and gold sprinkles are really pretty too, especially paired with the Dark Melting Wafers.
Melting the wafers is super easy. Put them in a bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 second intervals until they’re melted, stirring in between until smooth. That’s it! Simply melt, dip, decorate and enjoy! No need for tempering, and they cool with a smooth finish and glossy shine.
I let the littles start dipping their cookies first, knowing there’s sure to be a bit of a mess. That’s part of having fun and making memories though, right?
Once they have decorated a cookie or two, I send them off to munch on their masterpieces. Then I have some fun of my own, dipping and decorating cookies with a little artistic flair. It doesn’t matter how old you are, decorating holiday cookies is always so much fun!
I like dipping the gingerbread men so that it looks like they are wearing hats and boots. Snowflake cookies are fun to dip along the edges.
I used a spoon to drizzle some “garland” onto my trees, and then added sprinkles as ornaments and lights!
For a fun twist, swirl some of the Dark Melting Wafers and Vanilla Melting Wafers together. I like to leave sprinkles off of these because the swirls are just so pretty!
These cookies are perfect for the family to enjoy, and also make great gifts for grandparents and neighbors. I think Santa would be thrilled to find dipped cookies with his milk on Christmas Eve. After all, he always leaves Ghirardelli surprises in our stockings, so I have a feeling he’s a fan! 😉
You can find Ghirardelli Melting Wafers at Sam’s Club in the baking section, or online at samsclub.com. These are so yummy that you may want to grab an extra bag while you’re there! Not only are these great for dipping cookies, but they would be perfect for dipped strawberries on Valentine’s Day. Such an easy and delicious treat (and much more affordable than buying them pre-made)!
Click here to get Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers and Ghirardelli Vanilla Flavored Melting Wafers at Sam’s Club online!
I love being able to share these moments with my family. I hope you enjoy them with your family as well!