Baking Christmas Cookies!!!

Tis the season to be jolly, Fa lalalalalalalaalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa~!!!!




2 more weeks till Christmas! Are you guys excited??




I know I am, but I still haven't decided what I'm going to do on the day itself, wtf. I might just stay home and host a mini house party and cook up a storm because I'm homely like that!!

I wanted to go on a vacation but air fares are RIDICULOUS.





So anyway, the best idea struck us yesterday... baking CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!!


First it started out as an idea to bake gingerbread men, then I thought, "Why stop at gingerbread?? Go ALL OUT to make them as cute and christmassy as possible!"


To our delight, they turned out absolutely AMAZING! And I even took pictures to show you guys how to make them, because its the season of joy and sharing, yay!













Things you'll need:



For the shortbread cookies-


2 cups butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour (NOT self-raising flour!)







For the royal icing-

4 egg whites (seprarate the egg whites from yolk and use the whites only)
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract (We didn't have lemon extract so we added lime juice instead)
food colouring










First, preheat your oven to 180 degrees, then while it's heating up, let's get the yummy icing ready!








Sam got me this electric mixer for my birthday... such a lifesaver! I can't imagine that I used to bake without a mixer omg.





Beat the 4 egg whites in mixer on high speed until foamy, gradually adding sugar and lemon extract..

Beat for at least 5 mins, or until your icing is really nice and thick!





I'm so happy to say I've found THE PERFECT COOKIE ICING RECIPE, and this is it! This recipe is everything I'd want in icing.

Not overpoweringly sweet, a thick consistency so it's easy to pipe on, and after a few hours it dries completely to a wonderful glossy coating!!! Using egg whites for icing instead of butter is genius.





This is royal icing that I find is best suited for already sweet sugar cookies, not the usual buttercream icing on cupcakes, so don't use them on cuppies!














Seperate your icing into little bowls and add different coloured food coloring into them!


I mix them with chopsticks because I dip the ends of chopsticks into my Wiltons Gel Food Colouring and start stirring the colour into my icing mixture.





Since it's a christmassy theme, the main colours we'll need is White, Red, Yellow, Green and some Black if you wanna draw on black outlines for santa's face etc.

(this is optional, we ran outta black so we didn't use that)










Now for the cookies mixture!!!!









Mix 2 cups of softened butter with 1 cup of sugar until it's fluffy, then add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and finally 4 cups of flour, and mix well.



If you're doing it by hand, it's gonna take a lot of effort.. and if you're doing it by mixer, be warned, it gets messy!! I ended up getting batter splattered all over myself hahaha yummmyyyyy.

















When you're done mixing it thoroughly, you should get a soft and moist dough that looks something like this!



















Get your cookie cutters ready for all sorts of fun Christmassy shapes!!!

Take a ball of dough into your hand, compress them in your palms and use a rolling pin (or your hand) to press them flat, then use cookie cutters to press out fun shapes!





If you don't have suitable cookie cutters, don't worry, you can always draw the shapes you want on a piece of paper, cut out the shape and use it as a stencil as you use a knife to "trace" the outlines.


Or you could be a ninja and do it freehand like us, we took a knife and started cutting and moulding our own custom shapes like Christmas trees, Santa hats and Christmas stockings!!!!


It will take a few tries to get the hang of it but it's so much fun and you get to experiment with different shapes!





This is probably the most fun part about baking because you get to be super creative :)



The amazing thing about this dough is that it's so easy to mould, unlike gingerbread cookies!

Shortbread is kinda fluffy yet kinda crispy and crumbly at the same time... wonderfully buttery, it's the ultimate cookie to rule them all!













Ta-dah!!!


First batch ready to go into the oven... ^________^!!!




We ran out of grease paper (omg yes my house is very low on supplies) and so we greased the pan like crazy, hoping our cookies wouldn't stick to the pan while baking and thus crumbling when we try to remove them afterwards, and guess what...



THEY DIDN'T!!!
They came off so easily. I really love this cookie recipe, it's idiot and low-supply proof!
















Bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until it turns golden brown... (Not BROWN ok, golden brown lol brown means chao tah already)


If you cook it a little lesser, it'd be more moist and soft, if you cook it a little more, it'd be super crispy!



















Hahahaha look at this Santa that Sam made!!! So cute! ♥





The cookies are EXTRA yummy when they're fresh out of the oven, so I suggest eating some while they're still warm, they kinda melt in your mouth :')

Once the cookies have cooled significantly, start decorating them with your icing!





Because the icing is of such a great thick yet creamy consistency, you can use a spoon / spatula / knife to spread it on and use a piping bag with a small tip to pipe on the smaller details!


Remember to leave the icing to dry for a few hours, icing is easily damaged when it's wet.

















Oh hello gingerbread man without eyes!!!

Look at all that glorious royal icing dripping down his sides.... Mmmmmmmm



















O hai Christmas tree!!!



SEE what I said about "when the icing dries, it forms a glossy sheen"?

Check out my already-dry stocking - it's so shiny and perfect!!!! *super happy*






And now........



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My finished product!!!!!!!!!!!







SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!



So cute!! Almost too cute to eat :3


I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! ♥ ♥ ♥





We have the northen star, a jolly santa, frosty the snowman, a christmas stocking, a fluffy christmas hat, a christmas tree with ornaments, holly leaves, giant heart, a gingerbread man, a flower...


And there's even more in the 2nd batch!!!





Real proud of me and Sam, it turned out even better than I'd imagined. I can't decide if they're more cute than yummy or if they're yummier than cute.

They look perfect just sitting on the dining table, I almost can't bear to eat them!





If you don't know what gift to get someone for Christmas, make them Christmas Cookies!

I think this would be a WONDERFUL Christmas present to give to anyone, who wouldn't like colorful cookies? Especially if they're X'mas themed!



Home made cookies add that extra necessary jolly touch to any decent house party. *nods*





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So very pleased with my cookies indeed.



I hope you guys liked this how-to post, they're extremely easy and fun to make, so make them with family and friends to get into the ULTIMATE Christmas mood!

Extra bonus fun points if you play christmas carols in the background and chase each other with batter on your fingers and laugh when flour gets onto someone's nose, hehe :)




HAVE FUN!!




And of course, if it's not too early to say this...








MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!



xoxo,
Jess