Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Homemade Christmas Cookies

This cookies are super easy to make but a little time consuming. This recipe is passed down from generation to generation on my mom's side and we are now getting back in the habit of making them every year, oh any they are SUPER Delicious and its something that is fun for adults and children!
PS This makes one batch, I usually double up on everything and make 2 batches.
Day 1:
You will need: wax paper, rolling pin, flour
Ingredients: for light cookies: 1 egg,1/3 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of melted shortening, 2 3/4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

For dark cookies: substitute molasses for honey, brown sugar for the white sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon ginger for the vanilla.

1. Beat egg well.
2. Blend in sugar, honey, melted shorting.
3. Mix together dry ingredients and blend into honey mixture.
Cover and put in fridge. The recipe says one hour, but we leave it there overnight for good measure.

For the icing you will need: food coloring, powered sugar, half and half and a drop of vanilla per color.

Day 2

1.Lay wax paper down on counter top and cover with flour, cover rolling pin in flour ( and keep doing this as needed to help dough to roll out)
2. Roll dough into balls and use rolling pin to roll out. Cut with cookie cutters. We use old Christmas cutters from my grandma as well as a dachshund shape, and dog bone shape that are new! :)
3. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375' on greased cookie sheet.
We roll and cut and bake, put them on cooling rack and then fill the pan back up. the 8-10 minutes give you just enough time to get more rolled and cut.
4. Let cookies cool. We let them cool and then put in container until the next day.

Day 3
1. Mix the half and half with powered sugar until you get a good icing consistency, add more of either until just right. Add desired food coloring and one or two drops of vanilla. We do all 4 colors and leave one white.

After icing but before they dry add embellishments. We use sprinkles, red hots and cookie/cake decor we can find

and TADA!
Delicious homemade Christmas Cookies. Now my decorating skills leave a bit to be imagined. SO don't judge!

Hope you enjoy!

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