Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies #BakeWithBetty

Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies #BakeWithBetty

This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are 100% my own.

These Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies are special because my daughter helped and was so excited.  Our family has traditions and one of them is always making cookies each year for the Holidays.  We make homemade cookies as well as Betty Crocker Cookies with other ingredients added to make them more festivce.  Recently I went to Walmart to Purchase a few Quick Betty Crocker Cookies to whip up for the Holidays.  They are cheap, easy and fast to make.

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I decided to get Pouch Mix Sugar Cookie and Pouch Mix Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix.  The kids and I will do more with the snickerdoodle package after Thanksgiving and closer to Christmas.  We decided to make the Sugar Cookies first.  What we did with the sugar cookies is used a cookie cutter for these and had to roll the dough out.  This called to use more flour in the mix to be able to roll out better.

 

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My daughter had a hand in the rolling and cutting out part.  For that, the Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies turned out to be more of a circle shape than a snowflake shape that we had used.  That’s okay though because she had fun and that is all that matters. They were still delicious.  After rolling the cookies out and using the cookie cutter, we placed them into the oven.  It didnt take any longer than 7 to 9 minutes for the cookies to bake.  After cooling them off, we placed Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Icing on the tops.  We then Purchased Snowflake Icing Decorations.  They are blue and white edible snowflakes that come in three different sizes and patterns.  As you can see we placed them onto some of the cookies, while others are sprinkled with what appears to be blue crunch.  We decided to break up some of the other snowflakes and crushed them up and sprinkled them onto the cookies.  My daughter had so much fun taking part in making the cookies.

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Being a big family and always a busy one too, Betty Crocker Cookies were a great idea.  The Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies were delicious.  Our family always loves Spreading Cheer with Betty Crocker Cookies.  I can’t wait to share them with family at our gathering.  I definitely recommend stopping by the baking aisle to get Betty Crocker cookies and #GetYourBettyOn with the kiddos.  It is not only fun, but easy and affordable.  Spread the Holiday Cheer.

Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies #BakeWithBetty

Christmas Shopping Tips for Cash-Strapped Moms

Christmas Shopping Tips for Cash-Strapped Moms

Shopping for presents is stressful enough at any time of year but at Christmas when it feels like you’re buying presents for everyone you’ve ever said hello to; it can all get a bit overwhelming.  Add to that financial pressures, fussy people and still having to juggle the chores of everyday life and it could be very tempting to give everyone a lump of coal that is wrapped in newspaper, claiming that they’ve just been way too naughty.  (Caution: this tactic could backfire spectacularly).

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Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be so stressful, though.  With a little bit of planning and a whole lot of help, shopping on a budget is achievable and could even be enjoyable.  Here are a few little tips to get you started.

Get Organized

There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve got everything under control only to find out you’ve completely forgotten about someone 2 days before Christmas.  It’s really easy to procrastinate when it comes to Christmas shopping but starting as early as possible can really benefit you in the long run.  This is why planning your present list is so important: whether that’s making numerous lists, putting it in a spreadsheet or keeping track in your diary.

It’s also really important to set yourself a budget from the start.  Start off by reviewing your finances and figuring out how much you can realistically afford to spend on presents as a whole.  Make sure you’ve still kept aside enough money for the other stuff; such as decorations, food, and travel.   Once you’ve planned your budget it’s important to try to stick to it so avoid impulse buys.  You might think they’re just a few little bits but small gifts can quickly snowball and before you know it you’ve spent a quarter of your budget.

Look Out for Deals

Sometimes asking children what they want for Christmas is a really bad idea, especially when they turn around and ask for the most expensive games console on the market.  You know you can’t afford it, you know they won’t be happy with a cheaper model and they think they’ll get it now that you’ve asked.  If they ask for something specific it’s better to give them vague answers so they don’t presume they’re going to get it.  This way you could get a cheaper version and they’ll be just as pleased because you haven’t promised anything.

The best way to get decent presents at budget prices is by looking out for offers.  Keep an eye out for sites offering discounts or voucher codes when you sign up to their newsletter.  If you’re strapped for time as well as cash then have a look at coupon websites which display all of the available discounts in one place, all you need to do is search for a shop or company.

Club Together

A great way to save money at Christmas is by working together with the rest of the family.  See if anyone else is able to chip in for a more expensive present, but make sure there are enough of you to share the cost so that you don’t go over budget.  If there’s someone who is really hard to buy for and you know everyone else will be struggling to then take the stress out of the situation by working together to think of something.

So don’t be scared of Christmas shopping instead make yourself a detailed action plan, check for coupons before you buy anything full price and if you get stuck ask someone else for help.  They’ll be calling you Mrs. Claus in no time.

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