Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sprinkles, With a Side of Cookies

Tuesday we went to the farm to decorate cookies with Nana and Aunt Kaylyn. We had freezing rain in the morning, and I think Papa was a tad nervous that he was going to get stuck icing all the sugar cookies, but luckily temperatures warmed and we were able to head out in the early afternoon.

We had a willing taste tester...

...and diligent workers.

The only thing a sugar cookie with powdered sugar icing needs is four tablespoons of colored sugar sprinkles on top. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a Christmas cookie. And it certainly wouldn't be as much fun to make.

Nana found a Martha Stewart recipe for Citrus Snowflakes, and they were delicious. I got snowflake cookie cutters for my birthday last year, so we tried making all different shapes and sizes. These cookies had a hint of orange in them, which made them very unique.

Pastry chefs we may not be, but we have a good lookin' platter of goodies ready for Christmas morn'. Can you guess from the look on her face which small person in this photo has had her fair share of sugar sprinkles??

Nana's Citrus Snowflakes
16 ounce tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup orange juice
1 T orange zest
1 1/4 cup flour
Beat dough, juice and zest. Stir in flour. Dough will be soft. Roll, cut with snowflake cutters, and bake 9-11 minutes at 350. Frost with royal icing, or make a glaze with powdered sugar, a tad of vanilla, a drizzle of melted butter, and some orange juice.

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