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One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to go ding-dong-ditching treats to neighbors, people who might need some cheer during the holidays, people who were super great to us over the year, or just totally random houses. Brandon and I started doing it back when it was just the two of us, and now we have three boys we’re passing the tradition down to. Now that Sawyer is old enough to really help and understand what we’re doing, it has become even more fun and he’s been looking forward to it ever since I told him he gets to ring people’s door bells and then run away.
This year I decided to make Cream Cheese and Cinnamon cookie/danishes. My Aunt made them for us last year and Brandon has been asking for them ever since. I wanted to make something similar to her recipe but tweak it a little so they could be dipped in hot chocolate. I love love love sitting and sipping hot chocolate and dipping something not-so-healthy in it, it helps the Christmas season feel more winter-y when it’s been very warm. These are so easy to make and most of the ingredients, if not all, you probably already have in your home.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish Dippers for Hot Chocolate
Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets
A bag of Peppermint White Chocolates
1 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
8 oz package of Cream Cheese (softened)
1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Flour your surface and take out the puff pastry sheets. Let them thaw until they are pliable but still cold. While they are thawing, unwrap your Peppermint White Chocolates and put them into a bowl so they will be ready to melt and pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Next, take the remaining ingredients and mix them with a blender on medium until smooth. Once your pastry sheets are thawed for working with, cut the sheets into 9 squares and roll them out to be a little thinner.(note to self- stop forgetting to buy a rolling pin when at the store!)
Once your squares are rolled out, spread a line of the cream cheese filling from one corner to the other, and then simply fold one bare corner in and roll it up! Place it on a non-stick cookie sheet. Repeat for all of the other squares, placing them about 3 inches apart. Cook for about 15 minutes until crispy light brown and take out. While they are cooking, microwave the Peppermint White Chocolates in 15 second increments until melted. Use a spoon to drizzle over the baked pastries and they’re done and delicious!
Now since we would be transporting these and leaving them on people’s doorsteps, I wanted to put together a cute but dependable packaging. When I was in Walmart I saw Rubbermaid’s holiday TakeAlongs containers that came in red, green, and holiday prints and knew they would be perfect. They come in a bunch of different sizes an shapes (deep bowls, rectangles, squares, even egg carriers) that are perfect for any holiday treats (or leftovers!) so I grabbed a pack of the deep squares and a pack of the rectangles in all green.
I used the rectangles to hold my Danishes in a single layer, that way the drizzle wouldn’t get messed up or stuck to one on top of it.
They fit perfectly! To complete the package, I filled my squares with marshmallows and put enough hot chocolate packets for their family on top. I tied a wired green burlap ribbon around the sides to hold it all together, and topped it off with a star to make-
Little Christmas trees! How fun for the holidays is that? I added little tags that said Merry Christmas and wrote a little note on the back of some of them thanking them for everything they’ve done for us this year (but didn’t sign them, we’re all about anonymous ding-dong-ditching). As an extra cute bonus, the stars are simply ornaments that I attached to the ribbon, they can be hung on their Christmas tree after they get their treats.
They came out so cute and were so easy to put together. I love that the TakeAlongs containers are made to keep food secure and prevent spills since our kids would be helping carry them as we ding-dong-ditched the treats to people. Goodness knows we aren’t very inconspicuous with three little boys, but spilling food all over someone’s lawn would definitely have given us away.
We headed out in the not-so-cold 75 degree Georgia weather to deliver our little packages-
Sawyer was really excited to get to run and leave treats on people’s door steps, so we explained to him how it worked, and let him have at it. I documented it (of course), so here he is in all his adorable glory ding-dong-ditching treats for the first time ever:
We had the best time, and probably will go again before Christmas. The boys loved it and it was so easy to put together. The Rubbermaid TakeAlongs have an Ibotta offer running right now for $1 off any 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs containers just at Walmart so you can pocket some extra holiday money while at it! Our Walmart had them in the holiday section towards the front of the store.
We love doing the same Christmas traditions every year, do you go ding-dong-ditching? If not, what do you do, we’d love to add to our families traditions and try something new!