Dollar General For Holiday Baking Supplies

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Those of you who read A Helicopter Mom regularly know that I love to bake. I had a cookie and dessert business for a while and still love to bake whenever a holiday or special occasion comes up. I also love to give cookies as gifts, so I made a batch the other day to practice the design of cookies I’ll give to neighbors and teachers this year.

There’s a Dollar General only a couple of miles away from my house and I love to shop there. I can always pop in for groceries and household necessities or can take my time and shop for toys, books, cards and more. Dollar General has everything I need but in a smaller store, so it’s really easy to get in and back out quickly when I’m pressed for time (which seems like always!).

I headed there a few days ago to pick up some ingredients for my cookies. There’s a great variety of baking ingredients, so I always make a quick run to Dollar General when I’m running low on something.

Dollar General is a great place to get all of the staples you’ll need for your Holiday meal shopping. And you might even want to pick out a present or two while you’re there!

You can see all of the great baking staples, packaging and storage products I saw on my last shopping trip. Notice all of the name brands in addition to the great store brands!

Here are the cookies I made:

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Makes up to 5 dozen 3″ cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes (then chill 1 hour)
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Cookie Ingredients

6 cups flour

3 tsp. baking powder

2 cups unsalted butter

2 cups sugar (white granulated)

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract, almond or desired flavoring

1 tsp. salt

Cookie Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
  2. Chill at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll to desired thickness and cut shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to brown at the edges. 

Glaze Icing Ingredients

2 lbs of powedered sugar

1/3 cup light Karo corn syrup

1-2 TBS of clear vanilla and or clear almond extract (or some of both).

milk or water to adjust consistency

 

Glaze Icing Instructions

  1. Mix powdered sugar, corn syrup and flavorings together at a low speed until thoroughly blended without any small pockets of powdered sugar. 
  2. For thicker icing (outlines & writing), add additional powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency.
  3. For thinner icing (filling in), add a few drops of milk or water until you get the consistency you want.
  4. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week, but should be room temperature again before using.

Add outlines using thick icing in parchment paper cones or icing bags with very small tips. Allow to dry and then fill in the design with thinner/runnier icing. You can either spooning small amounts in at a time or can use another icing bag to squeeze some out and spread it around.

Once cookies are completely dry, go back with the thicker icing (and small icing tip) to add any additional designs or details you like.

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And here are the cookies:

Here are some great ideas for things you can make this Holiday: Dollar General easy meals

Be sure to visit the Dollar General near you and see what they have to offer! And if you’re not a fan of Dollar General on Facebook, like their page to get the latest news and updates on sales and specials!

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for reminding me to add the DG to my holiday shopping agenda.