Christmas Cookies

These cookies definitely took awhile to make, but the end result was worth it I think.  They are pretty darn cute and tasted delicious.

Snowball Tree Cookies

  • 1 cup of butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • green paste food colouring
  • icing (recipe to follow)
  • candy decorations (mine are from bulk barn)
  1. In a bowl with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar, and beat until combined, scrapping down the sides occasionally.  Beat in milk and vanilla, until combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can, I eventually had to use my hands to mix it all together.  Remove about 1/3 of the dough and tint the remaining with the green food colouring paste.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 ° F.  For each cookie, use the green dough and roll out 10 balls about 1/2 inch.  On an ungreased cookie sheet, arrange the balls in a row of four, then 3 on top, then 2, then one.  Use the plain dough to make a slightly larger ball and place at the bottom for your stump.  Press then all down slightly so they stick together.  Keep cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Repeat.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.  Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
  4. Once cooled drizzle icing back and forth to look like strings and put candies on icing for lights.

Royal Icing

  • 4 Table spoons Meringue powder
  • 2 cups (about 1 pound) of icing sugar
  • 6 table spoons of warm water

Beat all ingredients until stiff peaks form

I used this icing for both recipes!

Sugar Cookies

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • parchment paper
  • icing, i made 6 different colours with food paste colouring and small tips

  1. Stir together flour and baking powder in a bowl; set aside
  2. Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat together.
  4. Add the flour mixture, slowly.  Keeping mixing until everything is mixed together.  Take dough out of mixer and knead for a few minutes with your hands.
  5. Wrap the dough up, or place in a large plastic bag and put in the fridge for two hours.
  6. Before removing dough from fridge, preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/3 inch thick.  Start with half of the dough.  Use cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet with parchment paper, or silicone baking mat.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Let cool on cookie rack, when completely cooled you can decorate!

First recipe found here and second here

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