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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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I couldn't resist making just one more batch of sugar cookies this year. I found the inspiration behind these cookies last year on Torie Jayne's post "a pretty pastel Christmas." The cookie idea is from hellonaomi.

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As a rule, I'm a purist when it comes to Christmas - I like red and green, along with some silver and gold, but you won't find blue ornaments or a white tree in my home. I actually think both of those can be very beautiful, but it's not "Christmas-y" enough to me. These cookies are the exception. I think they are so beautiful and elegant, and it doesn't bother me that they are not traditional Christmas colors. In fact, I've seen some gorgeous pastel Christmas concepts lately that have me rethinking my stance!

I went with a different cookie dough than I've used in the past - [Not My] Granny's Sugar Cookies. My mom, sister, and future brother-in-law all agreed that this recipe is even better than the one I had been using, so I'm officially switching. It's also easier to roll out because it doesn't stick as much to the surface and rolling pin - bonus!

As with the mittens, I used the royal icing glaze recipe - thinned mixture to outline and immediately flood, then and after sufficient drying time (24 hours for me) a thicker (but still thinned from the original thick "stock") icing for the decorations on top - some white and pink sugar pearls. When the cookies were completely dry, I used a small craft paint brush to brush on edible shimmer dust - I love this look! I think it elevates these cookies from pretty to spectacular, at least in person. They are so sparkly - and those of you who know me well know how much I love sparkle! :)

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For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends!

13 comments:

  1. Wow beautiful cookies. Love the pastels.

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  2. Ooo I am loving the pink color on these--my kinda cookies! :-)
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  3. So pretty - I love the pearls! Hope you had a lovely Christmas Meghan!!

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  4. These are SO freakin' pretty! I love the shimmer! I'm jealous of your creativity and steady hand!

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  5. so beautiful! almost too pretty to eat :)

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  6. Soo pretty! I love the slight shimmer these cookies have.
    Happy New Year to you

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  7. You have great frosting skills. Love this.

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  8. Mmmmm! I REALLY want one of those cookies! (Have I mentioned that I have "Cookie Monster" tendencies??
    Love the little balls on them. :)

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

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  9. Your cookies are SO pretty!

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  10. ive only seen this recipe like once before("notmy grannys sugar cookies")it wasnt called that on this blog post but same exact recipe.https://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfgh3wxb_30hb9m6tdf or also posted here http://whohasmorefun.blogspot.com/2009/05/hey-sugar-cookies.html anyway, ive been scared to try it. but the ratio of ingredients, it just sounds super good. my question is, does it hold its shape as good as bridgets recipe from bakeat350? or does it just taste better? im really considering trying it but, like i said, only it holds its shape well.

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  11. Hi there, great question! I actually used this recipe for some cookies I made for my sister's bridal shower and realized that they do not hold their shape as well as Bridget's recipe. I can't say that I did a fair comparison because perhaps the dough was a little softer and I should have chilled it more (looking at the pictures of these cookies from last year it seems like they held their shape pretty well!). Like you said, I think the taste is better, but Bridget's recipe may be better when you need a detailed cookie shape. Hope this helps!

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