Edible Art: Gorgeous Holiday Cookies

The trouble with doing kids’ projects on a Mudpie Mama deadline means the family may or may not be in the mood to participate, but I have no choice. I crack the whip, order them to the table where the project supplies are laid out and I command them to have fun and create something. Hurry! I have three more projects!

There never seems to be enough time during the holidays. Creativity can be another mess to clean up after, kids can be cranky, and there are a thousand tasks to complete before Christmas. But there you have it: life in all its glorious disorder. You work with your givens and open yourself up to the detours. 

This week we made paintings on cookies, and pressed tin ornaments, and although it was the Sunday after Thanksgiving and we were tired and wanted nothing more than to sprawl and drowse, my small army of artists rallied. In the end it will not be the nap and the tidy kitchen we’ll remember about the holiday season.

Let go, relax, everything necessary will get done. Most of all have fun!  There is no rewind on making childhood memories.

 

Edible Art:  Gorgeous Holiday Cookies

All ages will enjoy this activity. Make the cookies ahead of time, or use store-bought dough, provide a wide variety of vibrant colors and paintbrushes, and bring out the inner-Picasso! A plate of these makes a wonderful gift.

Cookie Paint

What you will need:

Several small cups or ramekins
Food coloring in a variety of colors (we used a soft gel-paste type for deep hues)
Powdered sugar
Water
Paint brushes in a variety of sizes

Add water to the powdered sugar until it makes a thick paint-like mixture. You can paint this white icing on the cookies with a pastry brush for a blank canvas if desired. Next, pour some of the white icing into the ramekins, add several drops of food coloring and stir it all together. Make a wide variety of colors. For an easer clean up, put newspapers or butcher paper down on the work area.

A Very Special Sugar Cookie

What makes this recipe so special? It is the perfect recipe for kids: easy to make, no fuss, and delicious.

What you will need:

4 cups flour
1-teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3/4-cup butter or margarine

Stir the flour, baking powder and salt together into a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Next, beat in the eggs, vanilla and lemon extract. Stir the flour mixture in by thirds until everything is incorporated. For an easy clean up, dampen a counter or tabletop and lay out strips of wax paper. Roll out the dough on the wax paper, cut out with cookie cutters and lift carefully with a spatula onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees until light brown (around 9 minutes).

 

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