Friday, December 20, 2013

Let it Snow...Snowflake Cut Out Cookies Supersized!

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Nothing says Christmas like flour on your floor and in your hair!  Really, that is so true because it means that you have been baking!  The Christmas cookie is as integral to the holiday as eggnog.  Don't you think?

Now you could buy the ready premade dough from the refrigerator section of your grocery store, but I have the BEST (yes, it is the best) cookie dough for roll out cookies that is a mixture of store bought and homemade.  It is super simple and doesn't need any refrigeration time before rolling and cutting.

Here's what you need...
A 17.5 oz package dry sugar cookie mix
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the cookie mix with the cream cheese until crumbly.  Mix in the eggs and vanilla until well combined.  Add enough flour to make a firm dough that you can roll out.  Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 of an inch thick.  Cut out with your cookie cutters.
Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  Let cool 1 minute on pan before removing to a wire cookie rack.  Then cool completely. 

Snowflake Cut Out Cookies
Now here's where it gets fun!  You can use any shape you want, but I used a supersized snowflake!  It is super whimsical!!!  The cookie is so good and is even better decorated with royal icing...which is super easy too!  What do you think of those results???

Royal Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp meringue powder (in the baking aisle)
water, for icing consistency

Make the icing by combining powdered sugar and meringue powder.  Add water 1 tsp at a time.  Alternate with adding food coloring 1 drop at a time until the color and consistency is what you want.  You will want the icing kind of runny so that you can spread it across your cookie for complete coverage.  Decorate how you want and then allow to dry for 1 hour.

Cookie cutters come in SO many different shapes and sizes...you can really go wild!

To me, this would be such a fun project to do together with your family...no matter what age!

Be creative AND

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!

Christine