Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
I think I might be late to the sweater cookie party on the intertubes but in my world they are a brand new idea. Several weeks ago a post showed up on my facebook feed about hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, complete with Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies.
I shared it with a friend whom had mentioned how she had been baking up holiday treats with her kids and she picked up a whole buncha' fun sprinkles for decorating and we both agreed it looked like fun.
After that post I searched online to source a couple of sweater cutters but everywhere was either sold out or backordered (and in the US) so I gave up. Fast forward to last Wednesday and lo and behold - what is this in the bargain bin at the grocery store? Dozens of sweater cookie cutters, and only $1!
So with a budget of $5 I splurged on some holiday sprinkles to go with my decade old food dyes and whipped up a batch of sugar cookie dough and royal icing.
Now, I have no desire to eat these cookies. I avoid the additives in artificial food dyes as much as possible but for once or twice a year (Easter being the other), it's fun to play with the stuff. Maybe I can put a hole in the top and hang them from the tree?
Sugar Cookies - Recipe
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup fine white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Makes approx. 36 sweater size cookies
Royal Icing - Recipe
1 lb icing sugar
5 tbsps meringue powder or 2 large egg whites
2-5 tbsp water (as needed)
Since uploading my picture and idea to create rainbow heart sugar cookies decorated with Jell-O icing (used to both colour AND flavour the icing), the picture has been shared across the internet. Reddit, Facebook, Pinterest, and other blogs are using my picture and sharing the idea. I'm happy to share, but please don't edit my picture or remove the website address from the bottom. Also, if you do share the picture, please give Elgin Harvest the credit. Copyright applies to all creative intellectual property whether it has a little c in a circle or not. Just because you found it on the internet doesn't mean you can use it wherever you like. If you are sharing this image on your commercial page, it's best to ask permission first.
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That being said, many people have shared the picture but didn't give instructions on how to prepare the icing. Yes, it is basically white icing (powdered sugar and water) mixed with a little bit of jelly crystals. Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to prepare the icing, make a batch of sugar cookies (FROM SCRATCH) and decorate your cookies for Valentine's Day (or any other day).
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