christmas cookies!

this recipe looked so good i had to try it! merry christmas!

cookie transformation

Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Christmas Cookies From Childhood and Beyond
from the pioneer woman cooks

2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Cream shortening, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla thoroughly. Add in egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and mix.

2. Sift dry ingredients together, then blend into cream mixture. Divide dough in half (thirds if you double the recipe), slightly flatten between two sheets of waxed paper, then refrigerate for one hour (or freeze for 20 minutes.)

3. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheet and paint cookies with soft brushes with egg yolk glaze:

Egg Yolk Glaze
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
2 to 3 drops food coloring

cameron decorates some cookies

4. Bake at 375-degrees for approximately 6 minutes. Do not allow to become brown.

5. Remove cookies from oven, remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Then, using a pastry bag or Ziploc, pipe with white icing to decorate.

White Decorative Icing
1 2-pound bag powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons egg white (optional)
Mix together, ensuring the icing is much thicker than Pioneer Woman’s icing was that day. Icing should be thick and somewhat retain its shape.

these cookies turned out really well! the cookie itself was a good sugar cookie, and i was really impressed with how nice the egg yolk glaze looked. i think i accidentally got some egg whites in my glaze so it was a little too thin, but the color still looked great. i also like this glaze because it doesn’t add any extra sweetness to the cookies. it’s kinda gross when christmas cookies are completely covered in a thick layer of icing. the icing for this recipe was tasty and made the cookies look nice and finished.

cookies close-up

cameron diligently worked on his dino cookie (dino is the name of the yellow dinosaur). dino the cookie turned out really nicely, but sadly, he met a tragic end.

dino's sad

he was still tasty though 🙂