Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Butter Cookies

Its this time of year again, where cookies belong to the day to day business! :) I decided I will only make one type of cookies for this holiday season, but make different shapes and decorations.
Easiest ever, is the Butter cookie recipe below - YUMMY!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter  
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:


  1. Beat the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Mix in the egg yolk until well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once.
  3. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.
  4. Scrape onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times, just until the dough smooths out.
  5. Turn onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, wrap up and refrigerate for several hours or freeze.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  7. Line your baking sheets with parchment.
  8. Cut out different shapes with your cookie cutters
  9. Bake until JUST beginning to turn golden around the edges, about 10-12 minutes.
After the cookies come out of the oven, let them cool completely.

In the mean time mix your ingredients for the glace icing

Glacé Icing

1lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 C)
6T whole milk
(low-fat actually works, but use whole if you can)

6T light Corn Syrup (6T is equal to 1/4 C plus another 2 T)
1 t almond extract


With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth (no lumps!) Then stir in corn syrup and extract.

I started with white glace and outlinded the shape of the cookie


When dry, mix some food color into the glace and flood the cookie. I used sprinkles on top of the glace just to add some more color to it.

Christmas Trees

 

                                            Snowman   
  
            

Stockings




Hats and Gloves 

 






Happy Holidays and enjoy some cookies! There are soooo good with a hot chocolate in hand, listening to Christmas Carols and staring at the decorated Christmas Tree.

Carina

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