Thursday, December 20, 2007

~Easy Christmas Cookies or not? ~

This is an easy fun Christmas cookie recipe. That is of course until you factor in....

this guy!!!

He figured he was as much apart of this family as everyone else - so he should be allowed to take part in all of the baking festivities. Well lets see how that turned out.......

cracking the eggs for momma....

oops, that didn't go well......

I'll get the flour momma....

who needs pesky measuring cups when hands work nicely....

sheesh...where is this childs mother?

food colouring and a paintbrush...what was I thinking?

Well the destruction of my kitchen is now complete and we have 7 whole cookies to show for it!
Just kidding...we just have 7 left to show you...we are not, er... where the others disappeared too.

so if you have one of these.....

and have nothing better to do than spending 2 hours cleaning up your kitchen afterwards- make these fun paintable, tasty Christmas cookies.

Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Christmas Cookies From Childhood and Beyond

2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla thoroughly. Add in egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and mix.
Sift dry ingredients together, then blend into cream mixture. Divide dough in half (thirds if you double the recipe), slightly flatten between two sheets of waxed paper, then refrigerate for one hour (or freeze for 20 minutes.)

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheet and paint cookies with soft brushes with egg yolk glaze:

Egg Yolk Glaze
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
2 to 3 drops food coloring

Bake at 375-degrees for approximately 6 minutes. Do not allow to become brown.

Remove cookies from oven, remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Then, using a pastry bag or Ziplock, pipe with white icing to decorate.

White Decorative Icing
2-pound bag powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons egg white (optional)

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