I am finding inspiration for my Christmas cookies everywhere this year. As I was trying to decide how to decorate these Christmas light cookies, I saw a vintage Christmas card on Pinterest and I knew what colors I was going to use to decorate these cute little light bulbs. A pale blue, minty green and gold are perfect vintage colors to go with the colors of that iconic Santa hat.
Do you have a Christmas wreath? If so, do you make one each year from glass ornaments, clippings from your boxwoods, pine trees or holly bushes? I am crazy about wreaths this year. I have made a couple of burlap wreaths for the front door plus, I have purchased several more forms to make wreaths for each window. As I was gathering the supplies to make them, I stopped because I had a great idea. Christmas wreath cookies! Much easier than wearing gloves and trimming my holly bush.
They say it is the most wonderful time of the year and I have to agree. There is something magical in the air at Christmas. People are friendlier, the decorations are gorgeous, we think of others as we look for the perfect gifts, we get to spend time we spend with family and friends and we bake a lot of decorated Christmas cookies to show people how much we care.
I love baking Christmas cookies because it is a gift that shows you took time to make something special. Baking and decorating doesn’t have to be hard or even perfect for that matter. You just need to use a good cookie recipe, a good royal icing recipe and a few cookie cutters to have fun baking up some cute characters and iconic Christmas images like these decorated Christmas cookies I am sharing with you today.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? Where oh where does the time go? Christmas will be here soon and then New Year’s and then I will have to try really, really hard to not make the a New Year’s resolution to lose weight because I shouldn’t want to lose weight just because it is January. Sometimes I wish I was a cookie. If I were one of these fun gingerbread man cookies, losing weight would be easy and I wouldn’t have to work out a million hours a week or avoid sugar or watch my friends eat while I drink 10 gallons of water and force a smile on my face and say things like, no thank you I am not hungry.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I mean what’s not to love, right? There are beautiful decorations, amazing cookies, shopping, wrapping presents, time with family, giving gifts and seeing the recipient’s smiles and if you are lucky, you will have snow. It is very magical.
One thing I love about being is cookie decorator is creating cookies for Christmas. When I make Christmas cookies I feel like I am in Santa’s workshop. There are hundreds of cookies bakes and waiting for icing while Christmas music plays in the background. My house smells like gingerbread. All that is missing are a few elves. Do what do I do about that little problem? I make baby elf cookies of course.
Have I told you about my grandson lately? He is a year and a half and the joy of my life! I love hanging out with this kid. I love playing with him and he loves playing with a bouncy ball we found at a local store. Well, the other day I showed him how Nana likes to play. We made Christmas Cookies. You know the cute reindeer cookies that are frozen so all you have to do is place them on a baking sheet. Tripp had a ball and he was so proud of himself.
Christmas time means making cookies but, with all the parties, plays, movies, and decorating it is really hard to find time to make decorated sugar cookies as much as I would like. I have a lot of other recipes I make during Christmas like these simple butter cookies in Christmas shapes dipped in chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. And what better way to display them than hanging them on the side of your coffee cup.
Have yourself a merry little “Red and White Christmas.” I hope you are ready for some amazing holiday entertaining ideas and some red and white Christmas eye candy! With Christmas only a few days away some very talented and sweet bloggers have teamed up in a blog hop to bring you some red and white treats and holiday ideas that will help you wrap up the season with style.
I am a sucker for cookie recipes. I have several recipe boxes full of them. I am very thankful to Pinterest for allowing us to collect recipes without having to copy them onto little recipe cards. This year, I have found the 20+ Christmas Cookie Recipes that I am sending out to friends and family. Most of them are from some of my favorite bloggers. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.
20+ Christmas Cookie Recipes
Merry Christmas! I hope you have “decked the halls”, “shopped until you dropped” and “jingled all the way” to wherever it is that you are going because it is time to bake Christmas cookies!
Remember yesterday when I showed you these Santa cookies? Remember when I told you that Santa cutter quickly became my favorite cutter? The truth is I bought the set because the reindeer cutter and not the Santa cutter. The reindeer made my heart skip a beat when I saw it. It is the most adorable reindeer cutter I’ve seen in a long timeand I knew the reindeer cookies would be adorable.
I have a lot of cookie cutters. Ha! That is probably the understatement of the year! I look for them everywhere I go and I usually find a new one or two, or ten to buy. This year, the cutest Santa and reindeer cutter was delivered to my door. Well, kind of delivered to my door.
I received a Fancy Flours catalog and found a Santa cutter that I had to have! I had to make into Santa cookies right away. What do you think? I love this cutter and it has quickly become my new favorite Santa cutter. Well second favorite after this guy.
Do you like gingerbread men cookies? I am a big fan! I always look forward to seeing the cute little gingerbread boys and girls everyone will make. My favorite gingerbread men cookies have been made by kids.
Can you imagine how many people have a gingerbread men cookie tradition? What a wonderful time for kids to gather around the kitchen table and make cute little cookies they can eat. I love watching them make cute little faces and adding sprinkles and candy to their cookies all while trying to resist biting off a leg or arm.
Supplies for Gingerbread Men Cookies:
Brown 15 Second Icing
White Outline Icing
Thinned White Icing
Black Icing for Eyes
Red Outline Icing
Favorite Colors for the Ties
First, while the brown icing is wet, grab the thin white icing.
Then, squeeze the air out of the empty bottle and stick the tip into the icing. Release pressure from the bottle sucking up some of the icing into the tip.
Then, hold the bottle over your man and give a quick squeeze! Look again at how Sweet Sugar Belle did hers. I will wait while you look. Now cover your work surface and burp those bottles!
The great thing about adding white icing to a brown gingerbread men cookies is the way the white icing bleeds and makes it look better than the bright white.
Now add as much or little as you want and let it dry overnight. Tomorrow, we decorate!
Have fun decorating the faces and giving your little gingerbread men cookies personality. I think gingerbread men and snowflakes have a lot in common. No two should be alike. Now grab your kids or grand-kids and have a decorating party!
I had so much fun making these photo prop cookies because I knew my family would take this idea and run with it. I wanted to make a photo booth for Christmas pictures and knew it had to involve “Christmas Photo Prop Cookies.”
These cookies were inspired by this set and the possibilities are ENDLESS! You can make photo props cookies for Easter, New Years, Halloween, Thanksgiving or just make some fun mustaches and I promise you won’t be disappointed. You will laugh at the pictures for years to come.
I think the snowman is my favorite because I love the mustache with the carrot nose! I got a chili pepper cutter from here and used it for the nose. I got the mustache cutter here and put them together for a cute little Snowman “stache!”
Supplies for Christmas Photo Prop Cookies:
Cut the hat pattern out of paper to use as a template and hand cut it for the elf hat and the Santa hat. Since I pieced together the elf ears and glasses, I thought we could start there.
- To make the elf ears, you will need 2 different sized circles and a tear drop cutter.
- Cut 2 – 3″ circles.
- Then, cut the smaller circle out of the center of the larger circles.
- Cut 2 teardrop shapes.
- Place the circles side by side and the teardrops on the ends. I placed my cookies in the freezer for a few minutes to them cold enough to handle so I didn’t mess up the shapes.
- Remove from the freezer and trim a little off the ears.
- Add the stick and bake.
NOTE: I placed some of my sticks on the same side and it made it a little awkward to hold. With a little planning, I could have avoided it. For each set, make sure one stick is on the right and the other is on the left.
For the pattern for the antlers, I folded a piece of paper in half and drew one side of the antlers on the fold. Then, I cut it out. When I opened it, I had perfect antlers.
Outline and flood with the same color you used for the elf ears and let dry. I added a little airbrushing so it wouldn’t look so dull.
For the nose, I used a 2 1/2″ circle cookie. Outline and flood it with the red 15 second icing. While it is wet, add the disco dust.
It was seriously hard to take these pictures because we were laughing so hard! My kiddos are such good sports and I think I am going to make this a new Christmas tradition.
I am not going to lie. I always have such big plans for Christmas and I run out of time every year! If you are like me and need some cute cookies but don’t have a lot of time, these colorful snowflake cookies are about as simple and fast as it can get.
Supplies for Snowflake Cookies :
There is no need for a long tutorial for these. All you have to do is pick your favorite colors of food gel and color your dough like I did here.
I made about 100 of these in no time at all! I still had time to wrap a few presents! These make great teacher gifts. Or you can make gifts for your postman, hairdresser, banker, local firemen or police men. They are cute simple and a great way to say I am thinking of you this holiday season.
We all know that this is the most wonderful time of the year and I think it has to do with cookies! Don’t you agree? Or maybe it is because I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas! Don’t you want a hippopotamus for Christmas? How about hippopotamus cookies for Christmas?
Can you believe it is December? Can you believe that Christmas is only 17 days away? I am so happy about that and thought I could not possibly get any happier until, Callye aka Sweet Sugar Belle invited me to take part in The 12 Days of Christmas Project she organized! I asked her what day she wanted to to take and we agreed on the Seven Swans a Swimming!
I did a post for a friend of mine. Her name is Lil’ Luna and she is so sweet and incredibly talented! I made Easy Elf Cookies for her but, they are so addictive that I had to make other versions. These Christmas cookies are so simple and fun that they become addictive. Put them in a cute jar for teachers gifts. I am sure your c0-workers would love to get a jar full of these.
There are several things I love about this time of year and one of my favorites is red birds in the snow. I have always thought of snow as something magical. When I see that gorgeous red bird with all the white snow surrounding it I feel like I have been given a gift. So being a cookie person, the only logical thing to do is make red bird cookies. [Read more…]
Today, I am going to tell you about something I did that made me panic 2 minutes after I did it. I thought I would share it with you since yesterday was Black Friday and some of you woke up at 2 am to go fight the cold and crowds to buy gifts for people you love. I felt the time was right to talk about shopping. Not just shopping, I am talking about overpaying for something because you get caught up in the moment. This Santa cookie story should make you laugh.
I love bears! I love baby bears, black bears, polar bears, bear hugs and even bear claws. I love them so much that I had to make make polar bear cookies. Fluffy polar bear cookies!
My husband is a director of a camp so I get to live at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. There are black bears here but, you don’t see them very often. People come from all over to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. I look for them all the time and never know when I might get to see one.
I live in a cabin in the middle of the woods. My house is decorated with bears, barn wood and all things rustic. Why am I telling you this? Because sometimes I fall in love with color schemes that would never work with my rustic style. But that doesn’t stop me from loving them! I can’t decorate my house wiht aqua and blue but, I can make cute little old snowman cookies with aqua and blue scarfs.
I love the aqua and red Christmas decorations that are popping up everywhere but, there is no way I can decorate with them. It doesn’t go with my red and black plaid pillows but, when I decorate cookies, I can use any color I want.
I love the holidays because all the stores put out cute little snowman things like this little platter. Sometimes I go shopping just to see if I can find cookie inspiration. Once I saw this platter, I knew I had to make a few snowman cookies. Can you blame me? Isn’t that platter adorable?
I love simple Christmas cookies!! That is the biggest understatement of the year for me! [Read more…]