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Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Rainbow Sugar Cookies are super cute and make a fun project for a rainy (or sunny!) afternoon. Eat this sweet treat during a rainbow- or weather learning unit, or as a memorable finale to a Noah’s Ark lesson.

These colorful cookies are a throwback to my childhood–I remember making them as a preschooler with my mom, and had thought {from my childhood perspective memories} they were very complicated and time consuming to make. But was pleasantly surprised to realize the most time consuming part was letting the dough chill–a step many sugar cookie recipes require.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for Rainbow Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • food coloring
  • waxed paper

Directions for Rainbow Sugar Cookies:

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and extract. Add dry ingredients and mix well to form a soft dough.

Divide the dough into six equal balls, and color each part with food coloring by creating a small well in the dough with your finger and placing a few drops of food coloring in the well. Knead the color into the dough. Repeat for each color.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

On a sheet of waxed paper or other non-stick surface, roll out each ball of colored dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Firmly stack each sheet of rolled dough on top of the other, gently pressing so the layers stick together, red at the bottom and continuing in order of rainbow colors.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Wrap stacked dough in waxed paper and chill overnight.
Once chilled, slice layered dough into 1/2-inch thick slices, about 4 inches long. Gently curve each slice into a rainbow shape.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350F for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Pin the Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe in your virtual recipe collection, or print HERE and place in a recipe binder.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

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Snow is unpredictable where we live in the Midwest. Some years it seems we’ll barely be able to shovel ourselves out of the driveway and, other years, we may only get a light dusting–which quickly melts by mid-morning. This has been one of those snow-free years (so far, anyway!), and my kids are anxiously hoping for one good storm so they can go out and build snowmen. But, as a mother who has to dress (and undress) five little kids for snow play, cozy indoor “snow play” — like making Arctic Snow Dough, building felt board snowmen or making a winter-themed snack — is more appealing to me! Luckily kids love making this fun build-your-own Melting Snowman Winter Snack, and I love that it’s simple enough for an everyday kind of snack time, or a winter-themed party activity.

Build-Your-Own Melting Snowman pudding snack

Melting Snowman Winter Snack Ingredients

Since this fun winter-themed snack idea is simple enough to make for one, or many, it doesn’t come with exact measurements or precise directions. Gather the ingredients and follow the method, adapting for the number you’re making.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack ingredients

You’ll Need:

  • vanilla Snack Pack® pudding cups
  • large marshmallows
  • chocolate sandwich cookies
  • chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • coconut oil (skip if using melting chocolate)
  • edible embellishments for snowman accessories such as: stick pretzels, chocolate chips, cereal pieces, small candies, fruit leather strips etc.

Making Hats for the Melting Snowman Winter Snack

To make the hats for each Melting Snowman Winter Snack, place a small handful of chocolate chips in a glass bowl with a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then for another 30 seconds if needed, until chocolate is melted.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Dip a large marshmallow in the chocolate to cover completely, then immediately place on top of a sandwich cookie to create a “hat.” As the chocolate cools it will adhere the marshmallow to the cookie.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Making the Melting Snowman Winter Snack

For each snack, empty contents of a vanilla Snack Pack® pudding cup on an individual serving dish (plate or bowl). Gently spread the pudding to mimic a pile of melting snow.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Place a marshmallow cookie hat on top of the pudding, have kids to embellish their melting snowman snacks with edible additions such as chocolate chips, small candies, stick pretzels, or fruit leather strips to emulate coal buttons, a carrot nose, stick arms, scarf, etc.

Have fun and get creative! Kids love adding their own mix-ins and making this build-your-own snowman pudding snack their own.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack idea

Melting Snowman Winter Snack idea

Melting Snowman Winter SnackYum, yum!

More Snowman Fun

For more snowman fun, consider this sugar-free treat: Build-a-Snowman Printable Craftivity and many more free craft templates.

Build a Snowman printable craft template

This winter, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

*All Snack Pack® products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

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Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups

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I currently work with teenage girls in my community. It’s so fun being with these girls, and they keep me feeling young. But besides having fun with them, I take the responsibility seriously because I remember being a teenager not too terribly long ago and the pressures I felt. And I remember the influential youth leaders during that awkward and difficult growing time when I thought my parents weren’t cool, but still needed adult leadership and counsel. At a time when it would have been so much easier to follow the crowd, those youth leaders reached out and supported me, and inspired me to want, do, and be better.

One of the opportunities I now have on the flip side as an adult youth leader (which I’m still in denial that I’m old enough for!) is to help the girls see that they can have good, clean fun—even if it means they have to plan it themselves. And boy, do they! They’re always coming up with ideas for the next Pinterest-inspired craft, project, or party, which I love. They’re the idea generators, and I teach them how to take the ideas and make them happen.

Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups

One thing they’ve been excitedly talking about since mid-summer is throwing a Halloween party, so recently we sat down to flesh out some of their ideas (which, thanks to Pinterest, were plentiful!). The common theme all the party planners requested (and I quote): “We want to do lots of ‘cute-scary’ food!”

Entertainment? Music? Decor? Secondary thoughts. First and foremost, we must plan out the “cute-scary” food.

And that’s how we came up with Creepy-Crawly Pudding Cups. This idea for a “cute-scary” treat featuring Snack Pack® pudding cups is super easy to mass-produce in large quantities for a party (or just a fun anytime snack!). Plus, the pudding cups come in their own individual serving-size portions, and they are easily adaptable to any theme—especially Halloween.

Supplies Needed for Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups:

  • Snack Pack® pudding cups
  • Crushed chocolate cookie crumbs
  • Plastic Halloween or bug figures

Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups

Search around. These inexpensive plastic skeletons, spiders, and bugs came from the Halloween section at a dollar store.

To assemble Creepy-Crawly Pudding Cups, simply remove the top from a Snack Pack®, sprinkle with crushed chocolate cookie “dirt,” and accessorize with a creepy-crawly Halloween critter.

Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups

(In the case of the skeletons, we found it easier to place the skeleton in the pudding first, and then sprinkle “dirt” on top of the fella to weigh it down.)

So easy, super “cute-scary,” and just the right addition to your own party or kids’ snack!

Creepy Crawly Pudding Cups

This Halloween season, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

*All Snack Pack® products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

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Build-Your-Own Pudding Pops


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In a family of many it’s not easy to find a meal everyone likes, so we do a lot of “build your own” buffet-style foods with a “base,” (taco meat, baked potatoes, cooked pasta) and a variety of toppings so everyone can build their own plates to their own liking. Something about the independence of making choices and preparing it “themselves” makes it more appealing to the kids, and more likely that they’ll eat it, and even try new things.

Snack Pack Pudding Pops

Snack and dessert time is no exception, and Build-Your-Own Pudding Cups are a popular request around snacktime. Like, beg-at-breakfast-to-have-them-for-an-afternoon-snack kind of popular.

Snack Pack Pudding

Snack Pack mixins

Some of our favorite Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® pudding mix-in ideas include: cookie or graham cracker crumbles, cut-up fruit, yogurt-covered raisins, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, peanut or almond butter, sprinkles, and mini candies or marshmallows.

Snack Pack mixins

Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® are pretty tasty as is, but we also love them frozen! Here’s how to make Frozen Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® Pudding Pops.

Build-Your-Own Snack Pack Pudding Pops

  • Snack Pack® Pudding Cups
  • Mix-in toppings of your choice
  • Popsicle sticks or straws, or spoons

Choose Your Mix-Ins.

Snack Pack mixins

Get creative with your mix-in combinations! Mix the toppings into the pudding, or just layer it on the top (which will become the bottom of the frozen pop).

My kids like to add heaps of everything, but here are a few more flavor ideas:

  • Grasshopper Pie: Mix chocolate pudding with one drop food-grade peppermint essential oil. Top Snack Pack® cup with chocolate cookie crumbles and whipped cream
  • Banana Cream Pie: Mix vanilla pudding and sliced bananas. Top Snack Pack® cup with graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream.
  • Fruit and Cream: Mix vanilla pudding with berries (fresh or frozen) and whipped cream.
  • Rocky Road: Mix chocolate pudding with mini marshmallows, chopped nuts, and mini chocolate chips.

Prepare to Freeze.

When finished choosing mix-ins, place a popsicle stick, sturdy straw, or spoon in the center of the Snack Pack® pudding cup. If the kids have created their own concoctions, consider writing names or initials on the outside of the Snack Pack® cup, to avoid mix-ups.

Snack Pack Pudding Pops

Freeze.

In our freezer, the pudding pops take about 4 hours to freeze solid, so it’s a good snack to prepare in the morning for an afternoon snack, or plan ahead and freeze overnight.

Snack Pack Pudding Pops in freezer

When frozen, allow pudding pops to sit on the counter for a few minutes, or run the Snack Pack® cup under hot water for a few seconds to loosen frozen pudding. Frozen pops should then easily slip out of the cup.

Snack Pack Pudding Pops

Enjoy!

Soak up the last bit of summer sun with your tasty Build-Your-Own Snack Pack® Pudding Pops!
Snack Pack Pudding Pops

This back-to-school season take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack® . For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest (pinterest.com/snackpack) and Facebook (facebook.com/SnackPackPudding).

** All Snack Pack® products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

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Rock Cycle Cookie Bars

rock cycle cookie bars

Sometimes food makes the best object lessons, and this classic layered cookie bar was a yummy way to illustrate the rock cycle.

We started with “igneous rock” graham crackers. (Pretty sure I said something like “poop” so they’d smile for the camera. Oh, the drama of having a mom who wants to take photos of everything!)

rock cycle cookie bars

The crackers went into the food processor, we turned on the “weathering and erosion” and ended up with lots of “sediment” (graham cracker crumbs).

rock cycle cookie bars

(In hindsight, putting the crackers in a Ziploc and letting them “weather and erode” with a rolling pin might have been more fun, but I wasn’t in the mood to clean up the mess.)

Then we placed the cracker crumb “sediment” into a baking dish, added melted butter, and “compressed and compacted” the “sediment” to form the first layer in our “sedimentary rock.”

We added more sediment layers of gooey sweetened condensed milk “mud;” coconut flake “shells, plants, and debris;” and chocolate chip “rocks.”

rock cycle cookie bars

Then we applied pressure (gently press) and heat (350F oven) to change our sedimentary layers into delicious metamorphic rocks.

rock cycle cookie bars

 Rock Cycle Cookie Bars

  • 2 packages graham crackers (about 16 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Crush graham crackers to crumbs. Mix butter with crumbs and press in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crust. Top with remaining ingredients and press down. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

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