*Secret Santa Cookie Deliveries*

After a beautiful wedding in New Orleans...

... I spent my Sunday afternoon in the kitchen in what I hope will become a little family tradition. We made some yummy Christmas treats for our friends and then did a few secret deliveries this evening, leaving the goods on each doorstep and sending a sneaky text that they should go see what is by their front door. It was really fun!

I love these Nutter Butter Santas! I remember making them with my mom when I was younger, but a quick Google search found the exact method here. It's not the quickest cookie to decorate, but I think it's worth it. They crack me up!

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

All packed up and ready to be delivered:

I have a couple of tips for you if you plan to make these cookies (not that mine are perfect, but I found some methods worked better than others). 

  1. If you just sprinkle the red sugar on, it's easy to do it all over the hat and not leave the white band at the bottom. I ended up putting the sugar on my wax paper and laying the melted chocolate hats onto it so I could better control where the sugar ended up. (You can see the red sugar strip in the Phase 2 picture.)
  2. I put the melted chocolate in a small Ziploc bag and snipped off the end of the bag to create a icing pouch to attach the eyes and nose. I was having a hard time dipping the tiny chocolate chips into the chocolate, so I went to this alternate method instead.
  3. Use a container for packaging the cookies that they can use again. This was my mom's suggestion, who is a first grade teacher that receives a lot of baked goods. She appreciates when she gets the cookies in a container that she can and will use year-round instead of a holiday tin that she can only pull out once a year. I picked up these cute jars at HomeGoods. 
We delivered three last night, but we still have a few more deliveries to make! 

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