I know, it’s almost New Year’s Eve, but these Christmas cookies are about to land in cookie purgatory if I don’t get pictures posted before the 2013 holiday season is officially over.
This set was made in a rush all while my sweet parents were visiting for Christmas. Amongst baking all of our Swedish Christmas favorites, like pepparkakor (a ginger snap perfect for coffee dipping) and cardamom rolls for Christmas morning, I made these cookies for friends’ parties along with some eclairs. Whew. I’m tired just thinking about all the work and the flour dust!
Here’s my cute mom baking with my big girls:
For this set, I was looking to do classic Christmas colors – deep red and green – on the hats, trees and Ruldophs. I also wanted to throw in some glam ornaments and flocked snowflakes. The ornaments were done by first flooding the bases with royal icing. When dry, I sprayed Wilton gold and silver Color Mist over 6 inch square stencils and later added disco dust to the tops.
Ruldolph was based on a little guy in the “That’s Not My Reindeer” Usborne Books board book (Christmas adorbs). I used a Wilton snowman with hat cookie cutter for the cookies, drew the reindeer to fit within the shape on paper and outlined it in black marker. Then, I used a Kopy Kake to outline the deer in black before flooding.
The trees and hats were a bit free form, although I did add a star and scalloped circle cut out to the tops of each respective cookie before baking, to get the exaggerated forms that cookies sometimes just need. (;
Have a wonderful New Year’s…and try to get to your party on time (unlike someone we know….)