I am a sucker for mid-century Christmas crap. I love the fake trees, gilded barware, and felty stockings. This year, instead of trying another version of a traditional Christmas tree cookie, I decided to recreate my favorite holiday tree. The big fake white tinsel tree with giant ball ornaments. The lack of fullness and the awkward placement of the ornaments just really makes my socks go up and down.
I made some fun Black and White Halloween Cookies this week. But when I went to take pictures they just didn’t pop. What the pics really needed was some color for the black and white to stand out against. So I revved the oven back up and baked some pumpkins from the same sugar cookie dough recipe I make all my holiday-themed cookies with. Continue reading “Sparkly Pumpkin Cookies”
Man do I hate making royal icing. I hardly ever do. Most of the cookies I make, I just work the designs around what colors are available in Betty Crocker cookie icing. But a friend of mine whose family ran a bakery posted some pics of cookies she had dipped in icing and they looked so lovely I thought I’d give it another try. Royal icing is a simple mix of egg whites, powdered sugar and extract or lemon juice. No big deal, right? Am I not the Master Of All Baked Goods? Do I not bleed icing?
I’m a sucker for family traditions. Somewhere along the way I picked up the belief that if you faithfully repeat the same holiday events, music and recipes year after year your kids will grow up with happy memories of childhood. I think in my kids’ case, the best I can hope for is Stockholm Syndrome but at least I’m trying. Bunny cookies are my Easter tradition, no exceptions. Now that the kids are a bit older I’ve given up on elaborately planned Easter baskets and sugar-sweet Easter egg hunts in matching outfits. But you’re going to have pry the bunny cookies out of my cold, dead, lightly floured hands. Continue reading “Simple Iced Bunny Cookies”
I’ve had these cloud cookie cutters forever. I can’t even remember why I ordered them but apparently I needed all three sizes. They’ve been sitting in a box with a feather cookie cutter I got when I was fantasizing about making these cookies. I saw a cute cloud pillow with a little smiley face on it at Target and thought, as I often do, “That would make a great cookie!” Continue reading “Sunny and Stormy Cloud Cookies”