The pings of popcorn popping in a covered cast iron skillet rang through the room as we gathered blankets, bundled ourselves in cozy winter pajamas, and picked out movies.
You see, for the first time ever, we didn’t live near family and didn’t have plans to go anywhere for Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebrations. And we had to make our own holiday traditions.
And in those moments we decided every year we would watch movies while eating homemade treats together and spending time together making the holidays our own to share with our kids.
This year, we’re making cookie hangers to be able to dip into our mugs of hot colocate while we drink it, but there are so many applications for this awesome food craft. In fact, just like the little tags for wine glasses, if you’re hosting a kid-friendly New Year’s party with neighbors and friends, gather up different gingerbread shapes and even ice the name of guests on each!
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DIY Cookie Hangers for Hot Chocolate Mugs
They make a great project for kids to make on cold winter days or for anyone to assemble for a quick treat to go either their coffee or hot chocolate.
And as previously mentioned, they make great edible drink tags for parties and celebrations where you’re serving hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and even hot apple cider.
Ingredients to create edible drink tags
If you choose to use your own gingerbread recipe, you can use mini cookie cutters to create multiple shapes to choose from! And if you’re looking for simply buying them, don’t forget you can continue the tradition from November through February by buying up the after-holiday specials.
How to make a hanging mug cookie
Begin by removing your mini candy cane from the package and putting a small strip of frosting on the back of the candy cane on the opposite side of where the hook overhangs on the mug.
Place the candy cane on the back of the cookie with the hook facing out. Place the candy cane near the top of the cookie.
Next, melt a few pieces of melting chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl. It really doesn’t take much even if you’re making a big batch for a party.
Drizzle the melting chocolate over the bottom of the candy cane and set the cookie in the fridge for a few minutes.
Once finished in the fridge, the cookies should be ready to hang on any cup of your favorite warm beverage or party drink.
AND, if you’re looking to make them for a gathering of friends and family, leave out some writing gel tubes in your favorite color options for them to personalize their cookie and/or include their name!
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!