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In which a box saved the day and I was able to spend invaluable time decorating Christmas Cookies with Family and Friends.

I had made all the plans.

I had purchased all of the ingredients.

I had even filled out my handy dandy baking planner so that I would have dozens of cookies baked in time for ‘the day of decorating' that follows Thanksgiving.

But, as my dear friend Robert Burns so eloquently proclaimed, ‘ The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.'

Somehow between all my planning and the Friday after Thanksgiving, I entered a time vacuum which sucked up every.single.day leaving me high and dry as it related to cookies.

Which is why today, I offer gratitude to my friends at Walkers Shortbread. And which is why I am a firm believer in Kismet (and FedEx).

Because, somewhere between the 5th and 6th box of Christmas decorations being toted from the attic to the kitchen, the doorbell rang.

There was a box sitting on my porch, left by the FedEx guy who was hustling back to his van.

And in that box, were 2 more boxes. And in those 2 more boxes of Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes Shortbread Cookie Decorating Kit, were already baked shortbread cookies, icing, icing tips, glitter gel, writing icing, and sprinkles just waiting to be assembled (and enjoyed).

Truly, EVERYTHING you need for decorating Christmas cookies is in the box…from 2 dozen cookies to icing tips and everything in between. And if you already have the icing and sprinkles handy, you can also order the Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes on their own. They make for a delicious no-bake option when you need to decorate (or gift!) cookies in a hurry. And like all Walkers Shortbread, they are made with just four natural ingredients (flour, butter, sugar and salt) so they make the perfect canvas for frosting.

Needless to say, the procession of Christmas Decoration totes came to an abrupt halt and the decorating of cookies commenced.

We literally pushed the decorations to one end of the counter and made just enough space for cookie decorating, which in all honesty, doesn't require very much space.

And it was a good and wonderful thing.

Because my boy who needs a haircut started decorating cookies with his sister who didn't want me to take a picture of her. They are at different schools now, so their time together is so very brief and so very valuable. (Don't tell her that I snuck this one!)

Even Terry, who is typically content to do more eating than decorating, was thrilled for a reason to take a break from schlepping Christmas box and joined in on the decorating.

And…look at what we accomplished!

Truthfully, our decorating definitely slowed down, but that's OK.  It got done eventually.
And then, my friend Jen came over, and we spent a couple of most enjoyable hours finishing decorating the Walker Shortbread Festive Shapes and Stars, but this time we whipped up some Royal Icing and used that.
I'm telling you a secret…if you love the decorating, but don't have time for the baking, these Festive Shapes and Stars are the way to go!
The kids headed back to school over the weekend and I slowly finished (almost there) the rest of the decorating.
There are a few ‘must haves' in our Christmas decorating.  If we do nothing else, we need to hang Santa over the mantle and decorate our tree. 
Oh, and we must put up the ‘funky little tinsel tree' in the foyer with the vintage ornaments we inherited from both sets of grandparents.
Oh, and O.K., we need to hang the ‘Santa's Sweet Shoppe Window' in the kitchen…
And we can't forget the Advent Calendar that my mom embroidered…

So, those would be the bare minimum of Christmas decorations…but then there are all the Santas and the Nativity and the Books…and well…you get the picture.

But at the end of the day, the time spent with family is all that we really need. The decorations are just the icing on cake…or the cookie in this case!
In addition to saving the day for a busy family, the Walkers Festive Shapes Shortbread Cookie Decorating Kit would make a great gift for a favorite teacher or neighbor. And imagine the fun that kids would have during a Christmas playdate opening that box to find everything they need to decorate cookies to their heart's content.
To refer back to this post, pin the following image.Pin showing decorated Christmas Cookies using Wakers Shortbread Festive Shapes

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  1. Jeanue

    December 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Shortbread cookies have always been my favorite! I love that they sell premade cookies to decorate. My grandkids would love to help decorate those cookies!

    • lynn

      December 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      You need to gather those grandkids for a day of decorating…and you will be so happy that you don’t have to do the baking!

  2. Robin

    December 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Such a timesaver, Lynn! The real fun is in the decorating anyhow. 🙂

    • lynn

      December 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Right!!!! Why didn’t we think of this before? Hope you and your girls have fun decorating!!!

  3. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    December 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I love that these are already baked and in festive shapes. I never have time to bake cookies but these would be fun to decorate with my nephew.

    • lynn

      December 10, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Right!? I mean, what a brilliant idea. So much more fun to decorate than to bake!


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