Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Light Cookies

Christmas Light Cookies are a perfect way for you to liven up your Holidays. What a fun and exciting project for you and your kids to make. These are also a treat for your guest as you can personalize them with their names on the cookie you want them to have. Great Huh?

Ingredients you will need:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour (all purpose is fine)

For the Frosting:
5 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 jar of each { red-yellow-green} food coloring

Special aids you can use for help:
plastic straw
peel and pull licorice
pastry bag with round tip

Here's How to make the cookies.
In a bowl beat your butter and sugar with mixer on medium till light and fluffy.
beat in your egg and vanilla, until blended.
divide the dough into 2 sections and
wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60  minutes.

Now Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets and lightly flour a working surface.
Roll out the dough using a lightly floured rolling pin to 1/8 inch thickness
Cut out cookies (use a light bulb template if you need) Use a printer to print one out to desired size.
Place the cookies on the baking sheets (1 inch apart) and make a hole in the bottom of each using the straw
Bake for 5-8 minutes and let cool on cooling rack.

To make the Frosting:
Beat the confectioners sugar and milk together until smooth
Divide into 3 balls and place into 3 small bowls (for 3 colors) Reserve 3/4 cup of this frosting to use later for the bottom of the cookies.
Add the food coloring to each bowl to make desired color

Spread Frosting on cookies and leave until set
Now with the pastry bag put the white frosting on to the bottom of each cookie and let stand until the frosting is set well

Peel apart licorice and thread through the holes.

This recipe should make about 3 dozen cookies and are a wonderful discussion starter.
This is also a great project for you and your kids and the kids can take them to school with them for their holiday party.
Have fun and enjoy!

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