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It’s that time of year again where the tree comes out, the fireplace is lit and the baking begins as we slowly approach the Christmas period. With all this festive spirit apparent, some of you who are in the baking mood for Christmas may be searching the internet for the top Christmas cookie ideas. Well, here at Creeds Direct, we are going to disclose what ingredients, designs and techniques you could incorporate in your Christmas baking this year.
Whether you’re looking for simple, kid-friendly Christmas cookie ideas or you’re aiming to gift cookies to family and friends, decorating sugar is a must have essential if you want your cookies and overall baking skills to be fully appreciated. Decorating sugar can come in a plethora of different colours to match the festive season with reds, greens and whites all recommended. In addition, decorating sugar reflects light to give the cookies a sparkling appearance so when they are taken out of the baking tray, they look that much more tempting to consume straight away.
Royal icing is an absolute necessity when you are deciding the design for your Christmas cookies. Made using egg whites or meringue powder, royal icing will assist you If you want your cookies to dry hard for easy packaging to friends or family. The icing can work in synergy with any other edible decoration ideas such as edible stars or baubles and can act as a cushioned layer for your Christmas cookie. The only thing to consider with royal icing is that it takes a while to dry, with a range of 8 – 24 hours needed to fully solidify. Make sure to plan ahead when you’re decorating your cookies for the best possible results.
It is also worth noting that before decorating your Christmas cookie ideas with royal icing, make sure your cookies are at room temperature. If your cookies are still warm, the heat from the cookie can melt any frosting/icing and cause it to disfigure.
Shredded coconut strips are another decorative technique that can work wonders for any Christmas cookie ideas. Fairly similar to the decorative sugar, this ingredient not only tastes nice but can be utilised to look like snowballs or even snow setting on a Christmas cookie. Not only do they apply perfectly for festive settings they even have their health benefits too. It’s been well documented that shredded coconut is Rich in fiber and is linked to improved heart health, weight loss, and digestion.
Below, we have suggested three cool and quirky Christmas cookie ideas for this year’s holiday season.
The first cookie idea we recommend is the amusing melted snowman. This simple yet effective style is easy to construct and looks quite humorous once successfully pulled off. In order to bake this idea you will need:
It should take roughly 10-20 minutes to bake the sugar cookie on an oven temperature of 350-375 fahrenheit and a further 15 minutes to prep the design.
Christmas tree cookies and Christmas tree cookie decorations are immensely popular when it comes to the festive season. They represent one of the pinnacle items of Christmas (the traditional Christmas tree) and can be shaped in many unique sizes and shapes. In order to make a Christmas tree cookie design you will need:
In order to achieve this design, start off by cutting out a triangular shape using a dough knife making sure to leave a little trapezial shape to formulate the base of the Christmas tree. Once this is completed, bake the cookies at the recommended time and oven temperature. Next, decorate the cookies. Using green cookie icing outline and fill in cookies making sure to let the icing set for about ten minutes. Now, you are ready to start decorating. Using the white icing and sugar pearls you can decorate your Christmas tree as you wish. We recommend using the white icing in a curved zig-zag shape to act like tinsels with the sugar pearls dotted over the cookie.
Our final Christmas cookie ideas entry is the snowflake cookie. These lovely winter cookies are great for display purposes and taste great. In order to make this design you will need:
The first step is to cut out the shape of a snowflake and bake at the recommended baking time and temperature. It’s important to note that if you do not have a snowflake cutter available, it can be difficult to get an even shape so take your time if you are doing it free hand. Once you are past this step, flood the shape of the cookie dough base with either white or blue royal icing. We also recommend adding edible baubles in the centre of the cookie and branch out with different icing shades on the edge of the cookie. Leave to set and enjoy your Christmas snowflake cookie.