Monday, December 10, 2012

My favorite Royal Icing Recipe and Christmas Cookies

It's that time of year again...Time to get my christmas cookie list going. I think I may be a little behind! Slightly exhausted from last weeks house cookie adventure-- which I used  my cousin Jo's sugar cookie recipe and decorated with my favorite Royal Icing. It was a week long process...they turned out to be way more detailed than I had expected..but well worth the effort. I love a challenge!

Yesterday was a nice slow day of rest..and now it's time to get those christmas cookies started...
My mom passed on the tradition of making a million cookies for christmas and sharing them with friends. My sisters and I knew that once the recipes were out on the counter..the baking was about to begin and we had to stay out of the kitchen. We were allowed to help with one cookie..."Cousin Jo's" sugar cookies. That was pretty much all we were allowed to help with (besides the awesome job of polishing the silver, haha). When the plate of cookies- stacked high in rows- was set out on the kitchen table...we knew it was our time to get to work. We could invite friends to decorate trees, stars, reindeer, and gingerbread people (which as we got older were more anatomically correct than my mom had really wanted.--surprise!~.haha).
I remember every year at Christmas time our teachers couldn't wait to get their basket of cookies. My mom didn't send gifts...she sent a ridiculous amount of homemade cookies. We are not just talking about quick easy cookies, either. My mom went all out. Her cookies were and still are pretty darn amazing- chocolate dipped neopolitan cookies, greek cookies, rum balls... the list goes on forever!! My favorites are definitely the sugar cookies and a cookie called finska pinar. It's a crispy buttery finger length cookie dipped in a mixture of sugar, almonds and cinnamon. Then drizzled with melted chocolate. YUM
This year I'll be making those, plus a few others... definitely going with a caramel nut, some biscotti (another one of my favs), the greek cookies (buttery half moon shaped cookie with a walnut in the middle coated in powdered sugar), sugar cookies and few others that I'll post the recipes for.
What cookies are you baking this year???

If you are looking for an easy Royal Frosting Recipe... here's my favorite! (slightly adapted from sweetopia)  :)
1 bag of powdered sugar (2 lb bag)
3 tablespoons of meringue powder
1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/3- 1/2 cup of water.. to start probably a little more

Put everything into your mixer, start off with a 1/3 cup of water and let mix. You might have to add more water. I usually add as needed.
Let it mix for about ten minutes.
It should look light and fluffy.

Go from there with your colors and add water to get the consistency you need for filling your outlines. :)

Time to get my bake on and get those cookie dough's started!! Check back for my favorite christmas cookie recipes soon! :)
Happy Baking!!

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