Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Cutout Cookies

Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm not going to post an entire recipe today. Instead, I'm simply going to refer you to the King Arthur Flour website, where you can find the recipe for the Christmas Cutout Cookies some friends and I tried this year.

The dough rolled and cut pretty nicely, but other than that, they were your typical butter/sugar cookies.

Here is a photo of a few of the ones we decorated:

Yes, that is a mini tree cookie inside the large snowglobe and a mini snowman cookie inside the middle snowglobe.

We used the King Arthur recipe for royal icing. While this recipe was a little easier to make than the traditional royal icing I make (using the Wilton recipe), it certainly wasn't any easier to work with. In fact, I found it to be rather a pain. My right hand cramped up so bad from squeezing the icing bag that I couldn't fully open my fingers for a half hour or so after decorating.

If I make sugar cutout cookies again, I think I'm sticking with buttercream icing. It takes longer to dry, but it goes on more smoothly and (in my humble opinion) tastes better.


  1. The snow globe cookies are adorable! I could still make those in January for a winter cookie. So cute!

    I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Your comment on my Good Wife post was a huge hit, by the way! :) I laughed out loud (for real) when I read it!

  2. The snow globe cookies were made by placing a circular cookie on top of half of another circle. And yes, they are appropriate all winter long! :)

    Glad people got a laugh out of my Good Wife comment. As a writer, I just can't help but imagine what other writers think about and discuss during the writing process. Kind of makes me wish I was on a writing team for a TV show--it seems like it would be a lot of fun to bounce ideas off of other writers.

  3. Thanks for the tip--I was wondering if you had a snow globe cookie cutter!

    I think that's how some shows are so well written...a roomful of great writers! I just read an article about how the script for the Wizard of Oz was written, and there are so many writers that weren't even credited in the film! (I watched it with the girls over break after we read the pop-up book. I never knew the original shoes were silver. The movie made them ruby slippers to take advantage of Technicolor! Now I want to read the non-abridged book.)