Christmas Cookies: Decorated & Iced

This is week eight in our 12 Cookies of Christmas series, and the girls are showing off our new baking tools courtesy of Gram and Aunt Lizzie. We are still using “old faithful”, my Mom’s 1959 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, although the back cover came  off, a little too more love I guess.  

This week we are decorating and icing simple butter cookies. The recipe describes these cookies “Crisp, with the true buttery flavor, but not too sweet” to counterbalance the Decorating Icing made of pure confectioners’ sugar.

Mix together thoroughly: 1 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg

Stir in: 3 tsp. flavoring (vanilla lemon or almond extract)

Sift together and stir in: 3 cups sifted GOLD MEDAL flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Chill dough.  Roll ver thin (1/16″). Cut into desired shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 425 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes. For our cookies, since the cutters were small, we cut the baking time down to 3 minutes. Cool completely on a wire baking rack before decorating.

Decorating icing:

Into 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, stir just enough water( about 1 tbsp.) to make icing easy to force through pastry tube-yet hold its shape. Tint if desire with a few drops of food coloring. Pile into a pastry tube and squeeze. We just frosted our cookies and added sprinkles.

Please join Bridget for 12 Crafts of Christmas over at the Ivey League.  This week she is making several different fun projects with chalkboard paint.

Here’s the ranking for our cookies for taste testers ages 3 to 10:

First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars

Second Place: Thumbprint Cookies

Third Place: Russian Tea Cakes

Fourth Place: Decorated & Iced Butter Cookies

Fifth Place: Finska Kakor (Finnish Almond Cookies)

Sixth Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs

Seventh Place: Gingerbread Men, but these were my favorite!

Eighth Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd.  Great with coffee!

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About Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I am: a rookie at blogging, just started my blog in May 2010 when I became a full-time Mom. a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a listener of the Holy Spirit, and a Catholic. Pro-Life, , Pro-Woman and an adoption advocate wife to a wonderful husband for 12 years proud and grateful mother to two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3. a coffee drinking fool, so I can keep up with my little girls a home schooling novice using my kindergartener as a guinea pig a runner, it keeps me sane and in my size 8 pants an avid reader , now of Beatrix Potter's books a former workaholic & fashion follower a lover of chocolate, and wine, and the finer things in life, although I cannot afford them anymore!
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10 Responses to Christmas Cookies: Decorated & Iced

  1. tricia says:

    Mary,
    These look great!
    I love that you bake with your girls. You are making memories for them that will last a life time. Good for you!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    your friend,
    Tricia

  2. Kyooty says:

    I’m getting hungry

  3. stephanie says:

    How fun!!!!!!

  4. Sharon O says:

    How fun… little helpers in the kitchen JUST THINK of the years ahead of you… cooking and enjoying each other. How precious. You are so blessed. thank you for sharing these pictures.

  5. Bridget says:

    I have never mastered the art of icing cookies. Maybe you should just mail me some of yours. 🙂

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  8. Geri says:

    I know your kitchen will never be the same after all the help in the kitchen. I am sure I could still find some evidence of their help last year! You look like you are having a great time!
    Love and kisses…Gram

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