Last year my Mom and I did a major Christmas cookie decorating session and then gave them as gifts in glassine bags. Even Drew got involved in the fun. It’s a process these cookies but they turn out beautifully.
Make sugar cookie dough, roll it out and cut with seasonal cookie cutters. Bake and allow to cool completely.
Make a huge batch of royal icing and separate it into small bowls. Add gel food coloring to get the best shades and hues (ours were a tad electric, we over did it on the gel.)
Decorate your cookies with icing, sugar and assorted candies. Allow them to lay flat and dry completely.
As the icing dries it turns from shining to matte.
Snowmen and women
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Which are your favs?
What are you up to this weekend friends? Sarah and I are closing up the kitchen and traveling to spend the holiday with our families. We are both so excited to see our siblings and parents and share in the week of cooking, decorating and cozy traditions. When I think about my highlights of the week before Christmas I noticed a strong theme… cookies!
I’m looking forward to decorating gingerbread men and women with my mom this weekend as we’ve done almost every year my entire life.
Since childhood I’ve been OBSESSED with the jam galettes from Harry & David and my lovely Grandma always keeps them in stock this time of year, chilled in her fridge for when I visit. Almond-y butter cookies sandwiching tart and sweet jam, be still my heart.
photo by Nancy Blum
When we get to Atlanta, I always love helping bake these incredible sugar cookies that are a Christmas tradition in Drew’s family. Buttery, sweet and light, the recipe has been in the Howerton family for many generations (the secret ingredient is buttermilk!)
photo by Nancy Blum
Another heirloom Howerton family cookie recipe I crave are these gingersnaps. The perfect balance of sweet and spice. The photos above are from the dessert buffet at our wedding where Drew’s incredible Aunts baked dozens of these signature family cookies and shipped them across the country for our big day.
My newest cookie fantasy is these double chocolate peppermint cookies from December’s Bon Appetit that I want to try. There is always room for new cookie traditions this time of year!
I bought these sweet Martha Stewart Candy Cane Treat Boxes at Michaels last week to house our holiday cookies we gift to our co-workers and clients. They are so adorable we had to share with you all.
We made Sarah’s grandmother’s famous Molasses Crinkles and a batch of cinnamony Snickerdoodles. I scooped all the dough with a small ice cream scoop to ensure the cookies would bake up the same size. Once the cookies cooled, I layered the dark molasses crinkles and the blond speckled snickerdoodles separated with tiny red sheets of parchment paper (provided in the kit.) They look great and will travel well nestled in their little candy cane houses. How cute would they look filled with vintage rock candy or other fun retro treats?
Happy Holidays from Apples & Onions!