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Throw a Christmas Cookie Baking Party

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

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During the holiday season the smell of baking can be found throughout homes across the country. One way to spread the joy of the holiday season to all of your friends and bring the small of holiday baking to your home is to host a Christmas cookie decorating party. A party like this is fun and simple for everyone to enjoy.
You can make all different types of cookies and baked goods to serve at your party. the simplest cookie recipe to make are basic sugar cookies. These types of cookies are great for decorating. Gingerbread cookies are another classic Christmas cookie. With all of the cookies at your party you may not even need to serve extra food items. However, having some savory options to counter the sweet cookies is a wonderful idea. Small tea party sandwiches are great bite-sized options. You will want to be sure to serve some delicious holiday beverages. Make sure that you have enough cookies for everyone to decorate and take home their own creations.

Make sure that you bake the cookies before the party. You will certainly want to have some excellent cookie cutters to make excellent Christmas cookie shapes. The cookies should be cool before decorating. You will also need to have plenty of frosting and other decorating materials. There are options for purchased frosting that come in a variety of colors. However, you can always make your own frosting, divide it and add food coloring. You will also want to have a variety of other decorating options including colored sugar, sprinkles of all types colors and shapes. Anything red and green is fantastic.

There are also a variety of tools that are excellent for making creative Christmas cookies. A pastry bag with various shaped tips can make some wonderful decorations. You can also provide your guests with pictures and other decorating ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Another great idea is to add some flavoring to the icings to give guests even more cookie decorating options.

Sugar Cookie Recipe (makes about 2 dozen cookies)

You will need:
21/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, flour and baking powder. Blend wet and dry ingredients thoroughly. Cover and chill the dough for at least an hour before rolling, it is better to chill it for three to four hours.

On a lightly floured pastry cloth, roll the dough to an 1/8 inch thick using a rolling pin. Cut into the desired shapes. You can repeat the process with the scraps until all of the dough is used, but be sure not to use too much flour during the rolling process. You only need just enough to keep the dough from sticking. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until just light brown.

Icing Recipe (for about 2 dozen cookies)

You will need:
2 tbsp milk
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2-3 drops food coloring (optional)
2-3 drops flavored extracts, vanilla, peppermint, almond (optional)

Start by stirring half of the milk into the powdered sugar with a whisk to make the icing. If the icing is not the desired consistency slowly add small amounts of milk until the icing is ideal. Next divide the icing into portions appropriate for the colors and flavors you wish to make. Stir in flavoring and food coloring one drop at a time until the icing is the correct color and flavor.

Fill small pastry bags with icing for decorating. You can use just one pastry bag for piping the icing onto the cookies, but they are difficult to clean if you want to switch colors, so having multiples is ideal. You will also want to have smooth icing knives to spread the icing over the cookie smoothly.
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