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Candy Melts

Get Creative with Candy Melts®

Whether using store-bought cookies, take-n-bake or homemade cookies, you can dress them up with easy-melting Candy Melts® candy by Wilton®. You don’t have to worry about clumping and burning, like you would with regular chocolate. Candy Melts Candy comes in tons of vibrant colors and limited edition Christmas flavors too!candy-melts-bars

Use Candy Melts Candy to Dress up Christmas Cookies

  • Melt candy and dip half, or your entire cookie for instant color.
  • You can add interest with sprinkles, while the candy is still wet.
  • Drizzle Candy Melts candy back and forth for a ribbon-like effect.
  • Draw a unique design, or try something simple like a sprig of holly.

peppermint-drizzleVisit Wilton.com for instructions on how to add detailed drizzles to your Christmas cookies.

Slice-and-Bake-Cookies

3 Ways to Decorate Slice and Bake Christmas Cookies

The holidays can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on baking holiday cookies that look and taste great. Use pre-made, slice and bake cookie dough with these three easy Christmas Cookie techniques:

1. Use Wilton ColorMist™ Food Color Spray to add a pop of Christmas color using Green Color Mist, Red Color Mist and Gold Color Mist Food Color Spray.

2. Roll your cookie dough log in colored Christmas sprinkles or decorating sugar and then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours before baking so sprinkles or sugar stays put. Slice and bake.Slice and Bake Cookies

3. Bake, brush cooled cookie with piping gel. Sprinkle colored sugar on top.

Christmas Cookies

Go ahead… we won’t tell anyone they weren’t homemade!

Decorate with Candy Canes

10 Ways Decorate Treats with Candy Canes

More than just a traditional icon of Christmas, the candy cane has many uses! You can use candy canes as an inexpensive and unexpected way to decorate Christmas treats and even décor. Add holiday cheer to just about anything. Here are a few tips from our crafty friends at Wilton®:

1. Break into small pieces and use as sprinkles on cookiesCandy Cane Cookies

2. Add them to hot drinks and use them as drink stirrers in hot drinks like hot cocoa.Candy Cane Drink Stirrers

3. Crush them and top ice cream, cake and other sweet treats with peppermint flavor.Candy Cane Crunch Cookies

4. Display them in decorative clear glass jars

5. Use them as edible cake pop sticks.

6. Build a Christmas tree out of candy canes.

7. Make a candy cane wreath.

8. Use two candy canes to make a candy sleigh, stacked with miniature candies and tied with a bow.

9. Tie two together upside down and use as name card holders at a dinner party.

10. Pulverize them and the rim of your glass in for an instant Christmas cocktail.

 

What out-of-the-box ways have you used candy canes?

Preserve Your Gingerbread House

How to Preserve your Gingerbread House, Christmas Tree or Cookies

Wilton’s easy Pre-Baked Gingerbread Christmas Tree is easy to assemble and fun to decorate. Plus it makes a great centerpiece all season long!

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 1Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 2Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 3 Gingerbread Christmas TreeHere’s a tip! You can also preserve it and display it every year. Use clear acrylic to seal it. Warning – once sealed, your gingerbread treat is no longer edible! Not even a lick!

Gingerbread House Preservation Tips:

  • Let your gingerbread house dry in a warm room for 24 hours.
  • Place the dry house in a well-ventilated room and spray well with varnish.
  • Warning: A brush might knock off candy.
  • Make sure to cover the house completely with varnish – inside door frames and windows included. Spray the inside first, and then circle the outside.

You can use these tips to preserve your gingerbread Christmas tree, gingerbread houses and cookies. You can cut holes in gingerbread cookies and loop ribbon through to make homemade Christmas ornaments. What a lovely memory to hang on the tree year after year!

 

Gingerbread House

4 Tips for Hosting a Gingerbread Decorating Party

Nothing says holiday tradition like decorating gingerbread houses with the kiddos. I just love seeing their masterpieces when it’s all said and done. When I was little, I used lots of “snow” (royal icing) and stuck as many candies on that house that would possibly fit. I might have eaten just as many candies during the decorating process. Those are some of the most fun memories I have of holidays past. I invite you to make sugar frosted memories of your own with a decorating party for kids!

Here are 4 quick tips to get you started:

1. Use pre-made gingerbread kits, like Wilton’s Pre-Baked Gingerbread House Kit, or bake homemade gingerbread men and houses, but assemble before your little helpers arrive. Build Your Gingerbread HouseTip: Arrange the houses on top of an aluminum foil covered cardboard piece, measure to fit within the gift box you’ll send them home with.

2. Arrange a decorating station with candy like Necco Wafers, licorice, red hots, gumdrops, shredded coconut, LifeSavers, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, M&Ms and other brightly colored candy. Use a muffin or cupcake pan to display different ingredients. Candy Station Candy StationDecorate with CandiesTip: Use pretzel sticks to make a log cabin gingerbread house

3. Set up a treats & hot cocoa bar to keep little helpers from eating all the decorations. Serve candy canes, gingerbread cookies and other festive treats. Hot Cocoa Cookies4. Send them home with their gingerbread houses.

Did you make gingerbread houses when you were little? Tell us about your traditions!