Holiday Cookie Pizza Recipe with Help from Sweetworks #SweetWorksHoliday

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

holiday cookie pizzaEvery year for Christmas I do my annual holiday baking.  Gingerbread cookies, coconut macaroons, divinity fudge (if the weather’s right) and everyone’s favorite – decorated sugar cookies.  I started making sugar cookies with my mom when I was very young and the tradition has continued in my own house.

Now that I am working more hours I have less time for baking.  Still,  I wanted to make something special for my family that would remind them of our annual tradition.  I was thrilled when Sweetworks sent me a giant box of goodies for all my holiday baking needs.

About Sweetworks

Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Just look at all the amazing items that Sweetworks has for your Holiday Baking needs. In my opinion, these items are perfect for Christmas cookies, class treats, stocking stuffers, or little treats for your sweetie, or all your food crafting needs:

holiday cookie pizzaBuy Sweetworks candy on their website.

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Scroll past the recipe for the giveaway!!

I had the idea to make a sugar cookie pizza.  This way we didn’t have to worry about cutting out the individual shapes (or even rolling out the dough).  Once it was baked, Willow and I each took half and decorated it as we wanted.  It was a fun and easy project which still got us in the holiday spirit!!

Holiday Cookie Pizza

Ingredients:

For Pizza:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

For Frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. milk

For Decorations:

Sweetworks Shimmer Silver Stars

Sweetworks Shimmer Gold Stars

Sweetworks Christmas Mix Pearls

Sweetworks Snowflake Mix Pearls

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix together sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in a bowl.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for about 15 minutes until it is workable.

Press dough into the bottom of a greased, 14 inch pizza pan.  Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool in pan for 45 minutes.

While cookie is cooling, mix powdered sugar and butter for frosting in a medium bowl on low speed.  Stir in vanilla and milk.

Once cookie is cool, flip it over onto a decorative plate.

holiday cookie pizzaSpread frosting thinly over the top, then decorate as you like.  To achieve our look, we drew a line down the center of the frosted pizza with a toothpick then each picked a side to decorate.

holiday cookie pizza Enjoy!!

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway runs for Dec. 6, 2014 to Oct. 19, 2017 11:59PM EST

THE PRIZE

$50 Total Prize (due to limited supplies substitutions may be made, Prize will total $50+):

      • 8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2)
      • 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2)
      • 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2)
      • 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2)
      • Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part (1)
      • Mint Ovation Sticks (1)
      • Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1)
      • 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1)
      • 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1)
      • 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1)
      • 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1)
      • 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1)
      • 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1)
      • 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1)
      • 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

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The Long Night Movie – Saving our Teens

As part of the Global Team of 200, I was given the opportunity to view the movie The Long Night, by documentarian Tim Matsui.

Here’s a description from the website:

The Long Night is a feature documentary film produced in partnership with MediaStorm. It gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.

long night movieThe Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive in the life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, to try and create a more just system.

The Long Night is testimony to the lives of those who have lived this crisis.

The movie was heartbreaking to watch – especially since I have a daughter who is only slightly older than Lisa and Natalie.  Boo and her friends are at even greater risk of being exploited because they are transgendered.

Some of what I gleaned from watching the movie:

  • long night movieI was struck by the pain in Natalie’s eyes as she explained how she had been sucked into prostitution.
  • The parents wondered what they did wrong to cause their daughter to run away.
  • Pimps=Sociopaths (probably not always true, but this was my impression)
  • Until recently there were no programs in place to help girls leave a life of prostitution and transition back to a “normal” life.

The Good News:

Police officers in Seattle started an NGO (non-governmental agency) called The Genesis Project, in 2011.  Here’s what officer Andy Conner has to say about it:

As a drop-in center for victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, GP now provides that third option I never had before. It’s a place I can take these girls that isn’t a jail cell that just holds them without helping. And it isn’t a youth facility that simply doesn’t have the resources to address the crushing needs in their lives.

Tim Matsui’s film is part of Leaving the Life, a multi-platform initiative to facilitate a collective action-oriented dialog around the crisis of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children in the U.S.

Watch The Long Night.

Follow on Facebook/Twitter.

Follow Leaving the Life on Facebook.

Teenage prostitution and sex-trafficking are not just a problem in Seattle, but nation-wide.

How Can You Help?

• First, think about your sphere of influence
• Then, watch the film at http://thelongnightmovie.com
•Follow on social media (see links above)
• Invite your friends to do the same
• Comment on the film. On your page or on the film’s.
• Tweet about it. [Tweet “Watch @TimMatsui’s excellent film, The Long Night, about #sextrafficking in and around #Seattle. http://ctt.ec/7vU3S+ #socialgoodmoms”]
• Share a story. Share your own Call to Action.
• Host a living room screening of the film
• Bring the film to your PTA or PEPS group
• Integrate it into your schools
• Call your city officials and ask they watch the film.
• Get the film to your local police chief
• Get your mayor on board
• Find local victim service providers and ask what they need; socks, meals, donations for their annual fundraiser, they’ll know. And then let your community know what you did, inspire them!
• Have Leaving the Life come to your municipality to facilitate the co-creation of solutions in day-long convenings. This will take some work, even if you’re the mayor or the county executive.
• Because it’s all connected, consider donating to your favorite non profit working on a social justice issue. This includes Leaving the Life (link: http://www.leaving-the-life.com/take-action/)

What conversations can you have in your community about the problem of sex-trafficking?