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I caved and got an elf on the shelf for my kids. I am mostly just moving it around, rather than worrying about making scenes that are too complicated. However, I do like to do a few scenes that they will get excited about.
I know you can buy Elf on the Shelf Cookie Cutters, but without getting too complicated, you can make your kids some ” elf-sized” sugar cookies in just a few minutes. Your kids will remember this. I mean, who doesn’t love cookies for breakfast?
II am a firm believer that all Christmas cookies should be tiny. If you’re not making ” elf-sized” Christmas cookies specifically, I still think these are cute for anyone who wants just a little taste of Christmas 🙂
To make ” Elf on the Shelf” mini cookies, you will need:
Sugar Cookie Dough
To make these tiny sugar cookies- follow the instructions on the package, but you will want to bake them in the oven for just 5 minutes. They are so small, that’s all the time it takes! Plus, they are so tiny that they will cook quickly too.
Christmas Cookie decorating doesn’t have to be complicated. I used pre-made white frosting and some sprinkles. You could always have your elf leave out decorating supplies for the kids to decorate their mini cookies.
And if you are leaving out Mini Sugar Cookies out with your Elf, he needs to have a teeny glass of milk too! ( I wouldn’t advise leaving milk out all night. You might want to wake up a few minutes early to pour the milk.) I had to dig in the back of my cabinets for an old shot glass.
I know that sometimes Elf on the Shelf can be a little annoying for parents. For us, these cold winter days in Iowa- can get monotonous. I love how much excitement our elf “Cherry” brings to my kids.
Plus, you will have cookies in 20 minutes.