"Brilliant" Ways to Use Up Extra "New Year" Party Cookies

We're saying goodbye to the holidays (and 2023), but we still have some things we don't know what to do with. There are likely still ham bits, a spoonful or two of mac and cheese, and at least 20 cookies with lots of different designs on them.

When it comes to upgrading what's left of Christmas, we usually only deal with the savory parts, leaving the sweeter bits to fight for themselves or being thrown away. 

Not only could you make ham sandwiches, but you could also find a way to use up those annoying cookies that you had left over. We got some ideas for Christmas cookies from Joy Huang, who goes by the Instagram handle @joyosity. We can't wait to try them out.

At some point, we've all reached for a cookie only to find that it was old, chewy, and missing the magic that made it so tasty in the first place.

What did Joy do to get over her repeated stale cookie nightmare? Use them to make your own ice cream or frozen pudding!   

We no longer have to worry about the awful first bite of a gingerbread man that used to be crispy. There was a time when people threw piles of cookies away. After Christmas, this is a surprise!

Take the rest of the cookies—snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, shortbread, pretty much the whole cookie jar—and crumble them into your best custard base.

Then, put the mixture into your ice cream maker. Joy says that Jeni Britton's (of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream fame) recipe is the best, and she gets her idea from the brand's newest holiday taste, creamy, delicious eggnog.

KOREAN CREAM CHEESE GARLIC BREAD

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