Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yesterday was cookie making day, since I have a cookie exchange to go to today. Are you familiar with cookie exchanges? Well, if not, I'll tell you about it. My friend has a cookie exchange every year. She invites girl friends over and has a little party, with food and drinks. Each of the attendees brings a certain amount of a certain type of cookie (this year we are supposed to bring 6-7 dozen cookies. After we eat, we do the exchange. All of the cookies get set out and we all get a certain number of each type of cookie! So, today I'll arrive with 7 dozen sugar cookies, but I'll go home with 7 dozen assorted types of cookies, made by all of the other girls. It's great, because I don't have to go through the work of making all those different types of cookies.

I decided to make some sugar cookies, since they're fun and you can ice them. They're very Christmasy to me. I used the recipe out of my 1973 edition Good Housekeeping cookbook (better known as "the red cookbook" or "the big cookbook") that my mom gave me as a gift several years ago. If you don't have that cookbook, you need to get it. It's the go-to cookbook in this house.

I was really excited about rolling out these cookies because the kids were having rest time, and David was out of the house hauling a car for his friend. That meant I had quiet, uninterrupted (well, the kids didn't quite get that concept yesterday) time to bake my cookies! I turned on the Christmas music station on TV and went to town!

First, I rolled out the dough. I like it fairly thin, and I also wanted to stretch the recipe a bit.

I got a new snowflake shaped cookie cutter from Bylers when Becky and I went during her Thanksgiving visit.

I lined the pan with parchment paper, so I didn't have to grease the pan. I just recently (within the last year) starting using parchment paper in the kitchen, and I LOVE it.

All baked. 8.5 dozen cookies. Now for the icing.

I used the decorative icing recipe from the same cookbook. It was simple. 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, 1/8 tsp cream of tartar, and an egg white. Mix on high speed until you can run a knife through it and the line stays.

Then I tried to decorate the cookies so they looked something like this, but that quickly flew out the window. That's hard! So instead, I thought it would be pretty to sprinkle some blue sugar on the icing. Only, I didn't have any blue sugar. It's ok, I thought. I'll just mix some blue food coloring in my sugar and mix it up! Well, I didn't have any liquid food coloring, only gel. Oops. So, I put the sugar in the food processor and added some food coloring. This is what I ended up with.

But I like it. It's kinda pretty with the flecks of blue.

So this is what the cookies ended up looking like.

It took a few hours and 2 batches of icing to frost all of them.

But I think they're cute. And I'm excited for the exchange!!

And I have a dozen and a half cookies left over that we can eat at home! Sweet!


Becky said...

I LOVE how they turned out!! The flecks of blue in the sugar makes it looks so pretty! If it were solid blue, I'm not sure they'd have the same delicate look.
I'm with you on the parchment paper. I can't bake without it anymore. No cleaning the pan, the cookies slide right off... it's a beautiful thing.

Dad said...

They look great! And you have my address any time you end up with too many cookies KK. :-) I hope you had fun at the exchange.

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