We made these super easy Baby Jesus cookies for Lydia’s Christmas pageant yesterday, and I wanted to share them with you. They’re super easy to make, don’t involve any cooking at all, and even kids can make them.
Even the cookies I decorated I did with 1 hand as I bounced Anabelle on my left hip. (Yep, she’s at that age…)
Supplies Needed to make Baby Jesus Cookies:
- Nutter Butter Cookies
- Powdered Sugar
- Little tubes of colored icing
- Yellow food coloring
- Graham crackers (optional)
- Peanut butter (optional)
- Paper plates (optional)
Start by mixing some powdered sugar with water until it’s thicker than whipping cream, but much thinner than conventional icing. (it’s more like a glaze than an icing.) You’ll want to mix it with a mixer to get all the sugar lumps out. I mixed mine in a tall glass (to make dipping easier) andused my hand mixer with only one of the mixer thingies attached.
Dip the Nutter Butter cookies into the frosting, but not all the way. The white part is supposed to look like Baby Jesus’ swaddling clothes, so leave some blank cookie at the top for his head. I set mine on foil to let the icing set, but it would have been better if I had one of those wire rack thingies to let the extra drip off. As I pulled the cookies out of the icing, I scraped the extra off the back on the rim of the cup.
Next, draw on a halo with yellow icing, and a face with blue.
That’s it! Let the icing dry, then serve. I also put some sweetened coconut shreds in a ziplock bag, shook with some yellow food color, and served these on beds of “straw”.
I actually like these cookies best served as an interactive snack where kids make their own. These would be great at a Happy Birthday Jesus party for kids! Here are the directions for having kids make their own manger cookies:
Give everyone a paper plate with a blog of peanut butter on it. (If you’re worried about allergies, well, these are nutter butter cookies so this snack isn’t for you).
Give each child 2 sections of graham cracker to stand up like a manger in the peanut butter.
Put your yellow coconut on a plate, and set it beside your cup of powdered sugar glaze. Let each child dip their nutter butter in the icing, then stick the back of the cookie in the coconut. Because the icing is wet, the coconut will stick, acting as your straw in Baby Jesus’ manger. Place the cookie in the manger, and let the kids draw on Baby Jesus’ face themselves.
It’s safe to say that my kids absolutely loved these, and I was surprised how well even Julian (age 4) did with the icing for a face!
Remember that it’s still Advent- it’s not even Christmas yet! So you still have plenty of time (12 days at least) to do fun Christmas activities with your kids after the big day.