For December, I picked up refrigerated cinnamon rolls and sugar cookie dough. This whole shop-for-dough-in-the refrigerated-section is new territory for me. In the past I’d push my grocery cart right on by without a second thought.
I have no issue with convenience food in moderation, though; it really can be a life saver when time or money is tight. December often fits both requirements for many of us. I have also found refrigerated doughs to be a huge help when feeding larger groups. Whether it’s a full-blown party or a weekend brunch, it is nice to mix and match food that is storebought with food that is homemade.
So let’s check out the game plan for this week.
Refrigerated Cinnamon Roll Dough
I was excited to try this product. At least once every weekend, I ask my husband, “What sounds good for breakfast?” 9 times out of 10, he will respond, “Cinnamon rolls.” The man thinks they grow on trees. I usually push a bowl of cereal or piece of toast across the counter to him instead.
Well, this weekend I am going to ask that same question and wait for the same reply. But this time, I will surprise him with hot-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls and see what he thinks. (Ed, if you are reading this, just humor me and act surprised.) Only this time they will take 15 minutes instead of 4 hours. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough
This Friday, I am going to host my Project Playdate friends and their kids. While us moms enjoy cinnamon rolls, coffee, and conversation, we’ll get the kids set up with cookies and decorations, taking my inspiration from Queen Bee Coupons’ cookie decorating party. I did this a couple times last December with different groups of little people, and it was a hit every time. No surprise there. Kids + sugar? You can’t really miss with that combination. It should be some good, messy fun.
I will also be creating a variation of a fruit pizza using refrigerated sugar cookie dough for the crust that I think will go over well with both moms and kids. I’ve never even thought of making a fruit pizza in December, but I think it’ll be a fun, tasty challenge.
Our church also does a cookie social each December, where everyone meets together and brings cookies to share. For events like these that involve hundreds of cookies and people, it’s hard to motivate myself to go to the effort of bringing a plate of homemade-from-scratch cookies. It’s also hard for me to buy cookies from the store. Ack! What to do? These are the dilemnas I struggle with on a daily basis, people. My solution: a mix of the two. Buy the cookie dough, make the frosting, and decorate them ourselves. I can live with that.
Check back here next week for the recap and recipes!
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