There are women who make AMAZING cookies...that have friends over and put out about 20 dozen of the most amazing cookies...there are also women who go to the store...buy the refrigerated dough with Christmas trees on them...and put them in the oven....I am in BETWEEN these two kinds of women. While I'm not opposed to buying the refrigerated dough with the trees on them (they have been in my grocery cart this year) I do feel like a bit of a cheater with doing that.
I have a four year old that enjoys baking...my 12 yr old boy enjoys eating them...but decorating...he's past that...makes me sad. So, I get on the internet and find amazing cookie ideas...and try to be that AMAZING woman with AMAZING cookies....and each year....we get a bit better???
A couple of years ago I asked my Mom if I could have the star cookie cutter that I remember using throughout my childhood and teen years to make cookies with my sister...she doesn't make cookies ever so parting with it was not difficult for her...and I love it...can't find any like it anymore.
My E likes pink...and what would Christmas be...without pink????
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cups shortening
5 tb milk
1 tsp vanilla
I just put all ingredients in my kitchenaid mixer and went to town...oh how I love that thing!
Next up is my melting snowman cooking...these are time consuming...but soo stinkin cute!
First you make the cookies as you normally would. Then I made some royal icing.
4 egg whites
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
Put all ingredients in mixer...walk away....come back to beauty....did I mention how much I love that mixer???
You drizzle the icing on the cookie...you can be sloppy...you should be sloppy...they are melting:)
Then decorate how you like! Some people spend hours....I don't have hours...so I use a gel icing and they turn out pretty cute....they are eaten quickly and people comment that they are adorable...if they are to pretty people won't want to eat them and how sad to not eat a cookie eh??
Have a very Merry Christmas!