It’s Not Cheating…Decorating Storebought Cookies

It’s semi-homemade!!!

A few days ago, I was at Wal-Mart when I noticed some very cool pre-made gingerbread houses. They cost less than ten dollars apiece, which SEEMED like a pretty good deal.  I could just imagine the fun my kiddos would have with them. However, as I packed three of them into my cart, I had a little crisis of conscience.  $27 dollars seemed a little steep when I could make them at home, and that didn’t even include candy for decorating.  On the other hand, in the midst of all of the other Christmas chaos, who knew if I’d have the time to bake three little houses, construct them, and then supervise as they added embellishments? For that matter, since I had never really tried to build a gingerbread house before, I wasn’t even sure if I could do it. So, I scrapped the whole gingerbread house idea altogether.

*Plenty time for that when they get a little older =)*
As I reluctantly put them back, it occurred to me… there are probably several moms out there who would like to decorate cookies, but don’t have time, or absolutely cannot bake.  Or, even those like me, who don’t want to bake again after all of the work is done…
Pretty soon I forgot all about the gingerbread houses.  I had another mission, to find ordinary supermarket baked goods that could be decorated and turned into fun holiday treats! Not only was I looking for good products, I was also on the hunt for good prices.  I have to admit I went a little crazy; there were just so many possibilities, all of which combined, still came to less than the $27 I narrowly escaped spending on Gingerbread tract homes.

Between World Market and good ol’ Wally World, I found more than enough!

And here’s what it all turned into! 
These might be my favorite result wise, and these little gingerbread-like thins just melt in your mouth.?

These were Bernie’s favorites, in fact he asked for more!  I used orange flavored glaze icing on these, which was actually my first experience with glaze…except for the “joy” and “noel” cookies. I used regular RI for those.

The kids liked these best!  They were fudgy rounds with vanilla royal icing.  They boys thought they were “snowman” brownies.  I had to cut my youngest son off, LOL!

Flavor wise, these are my faves…like I said, this is probably my favorite type of cookie in the world!

Of the drop cookies, I think these are the prettiest.  And, their molasses flavor fits right in during the holidays!

*Okay, I cheated a little here…but I love scones*
These were cranberry orange scones, so I used orange glaze to decorate these.  It was an interesting experience…but more about that another day =) 
Imagine showing up to your next Christmas party, with a platter like this in hand, without even turning on the oven.  You will be the hit of the party!!!
These are just a few ideas that I came up with off the top of my head…There really are so many!  I hope this inspires all you busy and non-baking moms to do the same =)

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    Lesa says:

    You are one smart cookie! Love this idea!

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    brenda says:

    Great idea. I have considered this for those gluten free folks but I’m having a hard time finding a good size flat cookie that is gluten free. If anyone has ideas I’m open. Thanks Sugarbelle.

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    LoVe this idea! I actually just did a “Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen” themed party featuring store bought cookies that were dressed up. Of course, they’re not as amazing as yours but I think they turned out pretty cute!

    Dressin’ Up Store Bought Cookies:

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    judith pace says:

    you are amazing with your ideas. thanks so much and keep them coming…thanks

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    Connie Beal says:

    Nope not cheating! Just Smart thinking!

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    Joan says:

    Love them all. Especially the snowman and tree on the fudgy rounds. May I ask, did you do those as transfers or pipe directly onto cookie? I’d love to try them. Thank you so much for sharing all your talent. Very inspirational.

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    dolly says:

    Great idea! I guess you can also make the decor in advance using wax paper transfer. :)

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    Chris Victorsen says:

    I usually buy cut out sugar cookies at the grocery store and then ice them at home with buttercreame frosting. No fancy frosting ideas, just plain frosted cookies but they seem to taste just as good and with a bad back it’s about as good as I can do! If your grocery doesn’t carry them you could ask to see if they can get some plain ones for you or try another store.bTW, I love your cookie ideas!!


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