Today was our first “snow day”! School was closed and all my daycare children spent the day at home with their moms. With Christmas only 16 days away, I wondered how best to spend this precious day off. Write Christmas cards? Wrap gifts? Decorate the tree? All VIP, but not nearly as important as baking Christmas cookies! Cut-out cookies are time-consuming, but I just love the way a pretty snowflake glistens on the tray.
I used the “Butter Cookies” recipe in Creative Cookies by Toba Garrett. It produces a tender, flavorful cookie, and the dough handles easily and can be rolled out immediately. I frosted the cookies with Glace icing and decorated them with Royal icing…both recipes in the book.
To freeze frosted cookies, or not to freeze. That is my dilemma. I don’t think they’ll taste fresh if I leave them out, so off to the freezer! I’ll let you know how it goes.
12/28/09 – FROZEN COOKIE UPDATE
I did freeze these snowflake cookies, frosted and sprinkled. When I removed them from the freezer, the white cookies were picture-perfect and defrosted beautifully. The blue ones, however, looked dull and lost their luster. For both colors, the royal icing and glitter sprinkles stayed intact. Note to self: do not tint the glace icing next year!
12/15/10 – SNOWFLAKE CUTOUTS II