Friday, December 07, 2007

Holiday Cookies

With some coaching from Elaine on some holiday cookie best practices, I embarked on my first ever foray into cutout holiday cookies and royal icing. If you can believe it, I've never baked a holiday cutout cookie (save for a handful of disappointing attempts as a teenager) -- let alone make enough to give to local friends and family as a kick start to the season. But recently I was reading through old pages on our blog and came across Elaine's post of holiday cookies last year as well as the Poillane butter cookie recipe. That was all the inspiration I needed.

What fun I've had these past two days putting together these little treats. I couldn't imagine doing this every day the way Elaine did at Bittersweet but for a few days just after getting our tree up it was exactly what I needed to get in the holiday spirit.

Although I love the look of the classic ginerbread man, I must admit that I am a true sucker for those butter cookies. They very well may just be the most delectable things I have ever baked in my kitchen ... so simple, only four indgredients, but incredibly delicious especially with a fresh pot of tea. I used Irish unsalted butter and the results were wonderful. And I'm looking forward to trying with some indulgent French butter as well.

In terms of shapes, I fell in love with the snowflakes. They're so pretty and delicate and to me are very evocative of winter.

Can't wait to share some of these treats in the coming days and weeks. If you guys haven't started your holiday baking yet ... call Elaine as she'll get you in the perfect mood!


Blogger Ashley said...

Fun! I am so in the mood to do these but don't think I'll have the time this year. I've found in years past that I LOVE decorating like the first 10 cookies and then it becomes work!

08 December, 2007 16:39  
Blogger Elaine said...

Gotta get going on my cookie dough. Yum yum! Were you really able to get those butter cookies out the door before you were tempted to open your gorgeous packaging to get to some more? hahaha. They look great! So would you decorate again or hells no?

09 December, 2007 22:51  
Anonymous Rachy said...

Mmmmm, yummy!!! I can't believe how far you've come from starting many a fires in our kitchen to becoming such a gourmet!!! Amazing! You give me faith!

13 December, 2007 21:20  
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