Holiday Baking On a Budget

December 08, 2017

Save time and money on holiday baking and cooking by following a few simple tips:
  • Consider baking in bulk. Choose one baked good and let all friends and family enjoy.
  • Try a private brand. Dollar General’s Clover Valley brands offers a full selection of baking essentials and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • Purchase everything in one place. Dollar General offers many baking goods, kitchen tools and supplies needed to wrap up the holiday treats.
Dollar General’s Easy Meals has numerous holiday budget-friendly recipes that friends and family will love.  Find more Easy Meal recipes here or access more by visiting
Cracker Pesto Christmas Tree
A quick 10-minute recipe!

1 (8-oz.) pkg. Clover Valley® Brick Cream Cheese
1/4 cup basil pesto
1 Tbsp. chopped red peppers
Cinnamon stick
  • Cut block of cream cheese diagonally in half. Place triangles together to resemble Christmas tree on serving plate. Cover with pesto.
  • Add peppers for the tree ornaments. Insert cinnamon stick at base of triangle for the tree trunk.
  • Serve as a spread for crackers.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cookie Ingredients
6 cups Clover Valley® All-Purpose Flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups Clover Valley® Sugar (white granulated)
2 eggs
2 tsp. Clover Valley® Vanilla Extract, almond or desired flavoring
1 tsp. salt
Glaze Icing Ingredients
2 lbs. of Clover Valley® Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1-2 Tbsp. of clear Clover Valley® Vanilla and/or clear almond extract (or some of both)
Milk or water to adjust consistency
Cookie Instructions

  • 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.
  • Chill at least 1 hour.
  • Roll to desired thickness and cut shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to brown at the edges.
  • Roll to desired thickness and cut shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to brown at the edges.
    Glaze Icing Instructions
  • Mix powdered sugar, corn syrup and flavorings together at a low speed until thoroughly blended without any small pockets of powdered sugar.
  • For thicker icing (outlines and writing), add additional powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency.
  • For thinner icing (filling in), add a few drops of milk or water until you get the consistency you want. 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.

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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