Family Advent Calendar, Day 7: Lego Christmas Party! Lego Christmas Building Challenges and Lego Christmas Cookies

2013 Day 7
This morning we’re going to have a “Lego Christmas Party.” First, we’ll browse the web for a little inspiration. Then, we will choose from one or more of the holiday building challenges below and build our hearts out. We’ll follow this up with some Lego Christmas Cookies (see the recipe below).


Inspiration
For inspiration, we’ll have a look the particularly awesome Lego Futurama Santa on the Andertoons website and some of the holiday constructions over at Wonder How To. [Click on either image to be transported to their respective websites!]

from http://www.andertoons.com

from http://www/wonderhowto.com


lego christmas building challenges from the lunchboxseason
Lego Christmas Building Challenges

Design & build one or more of the following!
Santa’s Workshop
A Christmas Robot
A Nativity Scene or Creche
A Toy of Your Own Invention
A Holiday Train Car or Series of Cars
A Living Room Scene with a Chimney Wide Enough for a Mini-Figure to Navigate.
A Giant Elf or Gnome
A 3-D, Fillable Stocking
A Snowman
An Elaborate Snowflake
Teddy Bear Family
A Musical Instrument
Sled and Reindeer
A Nutcracker (with or without working parts)

Here is a pic of some of our results!

Some of the Results of our lego christmas challenge


Lego Christmas Cookies

Lego Christmas Cookies

Makes 60+ cookies. The method here is simple. Make sugar-cookie cutouts in Christmas shapes like trees, santas, stars, and ginger-men. Ice sugar cookie cut-outs in vibrant colours and top with M&M's in an even pattern, plain-sides up. 
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

Christmas Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • gel or liquid food colour
  • milk by the tablespoonful

Decor

  • 1 bag Red and Green M&Ms

Instructions

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  • In a mixer, cream butters and sugars.
  • Incorporate eggs milk and vanilla.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Once the dough forms into a ball, divide it in half and wrap each half in plastic film.
  • Freeze one half of the recipe for later use.
  • Refrigerate the other half of the dough for an hour or so.
  • Roll refrigerated dough to between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch.
  • To make things quick and easy, I roll my dough between waxed paper sheets.
  • Cut and press cookies with Christmas cutters, and place them on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing [recipe may be doubled, tripled etc.]

  • Place sugar and vanilla in a bowl
  • Add milk by the tablespoonful until icing becomes spreadable.
  • Add gel or liquid food colour to suit.
  • Gel colour is going to produce a much stronger primary colour for your purposes here!

Decorate

  • Ice cookies with primary colours and decorate with M&M's in an evenly spaced pattern, wrong-sides up.


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