Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Sugar Cookies (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Meet Frosty the Sugar Cookie. Tell him how cute he is. It'll make him melt.

Frosty came to be because the nice folks at Domino Sugar sent me a $20 gift card and asked me if I'd like to use it to purchase ingredients to make some delectable recipe from their website. Do you think there was any need to twist my arm on that one?

I checked out several of their online recipes but I already knew what I was going to make. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without cutout sugar cookies. I had already ordered some new cookie cutters and couldn't wait to try them out. The Christmas ornament cookie cutter reminded me of a snowman face with a hat sticking up so I took that idea and ran with it. I first outlined the entire cookie with white icing and then flooded it with thinned icing. I then outlined the hat with red icing and added the crosshatches and "knitted" brim and ball on top with a star tip. Black and orange icing complete the eyes, mouth and nose and the hat is trimmed with green sugar pearls.

I also made some very simple Christmas trees with outlined and flooded white icing and then decorated with white trimming and green and red sugar pearls. To outline and glaze all my cutout cookies I use glazing sugar from King Arthur. It's basically powdered sugar without the added cornstarch and I just love how easily it mixes and how smoothly it finishes the cookie's surface.

The sugar cookie recipe can be found on the Domino Sugar website so I won't reprint it here, but I will give you the recipe for the icing I used to decorate these cookies. I've used this buttercream recipe for years. The added meringue powder enables this soft icing to crust over just a bit so the cookies are more stacking and storage friendly.

Buttercream Icing

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp clear vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximate 1 lb)
3 Tbsp meringue powder
2 Tbsp milk

Sift together confectioners' sugar and meringue powder.

Cream butter and shortening with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape down beater and sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been beaten in icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered while decorating as it dries out quickly.


Moogie said...

Absolutely adoreable!!!!!

Frieda said...

The snowman is SO cute!! Ü

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I love Frosty...he is sooo cute!

Jenn said...

These are some seriously cute cookies. Beautiful decorating!

Co Irker said...

These were so cute I couldn't eat them.


Don't you believe me?

Seriously, though, these were delectable. Soft, chewy and with just the right hint of lemon. And the icing - se magnifique! Plus they were cuter than all get out.

Thank you so much our snazzy, scintillating, snowman making sweetie!


stephchows said...

Totally cute! I would devour him in 5 second flat :) And so cool domino helped you out!!

Dyan said...

These are beautiful and I am sure taste wonderful..I am decorating my butter/sugar cookies this weekend with our littlest grandbabies...What a fun mess but they love it! You can try it next Christmas with your grandbaby...he/she can fingerpaint them at that young age. Hugs to you

HoneyB said...

These are so cute! You did such a beautiful job on them. I'm sure they were delish too.

June said...

Your cookies are absolutely beautiful - Santa's so cute, but I adore the tree. Lovely, just lovely! Good job.

Debbie said...

I always make cut out sugar cookies for Chirstmas. It wouldn't be the same without them. Yours look wonderful. I've never frosted them though. Maybe I will try that this year.

Mags said...

Thank you to you all for your kind comments. I hope you all have a wonderful warm and happy Christmas.

Linda said...

Really cute cookies! The co-irkers should be happy and not so irksome! lol!

Karen said...

Adorable cookies!

bb and mtb said...

Gorgeous cookies!!! And thanks for a non-royal recipe for icing - I've been looking for something different and this oh so perfect!!

Amanda said...

Your cookies are wonderful! Great idea making the ornament cutter into snowmen! I still need to make my cut outs. I bought some new snowflake cutters and can't wait to make them :)

Velva said...

Those frosty cookies are over the top! You have a real talent-it takes a bit of an artist to decorate the cookies the way that you did...Just beautiful. I am not sure if I were one of your 'co-irkers" that I would want to eat such a pretty cookie.

Happy holidays to you and your family.