Making Christmas Cookies With My Family

Evan loves to help out in the kitchen. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, he wants to lend a hand. He had a blast making the Wilton Gingerbread House, so I knew he would like decorating Christmas cookies as well. I recently posted a giveaway of various Christmas baking products and told you that I would write a review soon. We won't make our Holiday Gift Baskets until next week, but it was cold yesterday so we stayed inside and made cookies.

You can use any Roll-Out Cookie Recipe for sugar cookies, but here is Wilton's:
* 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
* 1 egg
* 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon no-color almond extract
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt

Makes: About 3 dozen cookies.

Preheat oven to 400°F. In mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 in. wide and 1/8 in. thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

First, we used the 5 Piece Holiday Roller Cutter ($7.99)

I used a different recipe this time and I always chill  my dough before rolling it out.  I use a silicon mat and a good bit of flour - this prevents the dough from sticking.  Roll the dough out pretty thin(these were a little thick). I then rolled the cookie cutter over the dough and it took about 2 seconds to have these perfect cookies ready to bake.

 When they were done, we got to work on decorating them.  Since these were just ones we were eating at home, I didn't make icing.  These tubes are $1.99 at my local hobby store and I often have 50% off coupons, so this is the easiest way to go.  I can use any of the Wilton tips on these tubes when using their couplers.  I also already had several Christmas sprinkles to decorate with.

I couldn't wait to try the Star Linzer Cutter ($5.99). I had a horrible time with the Halloween one(the dough just wouldn't work with me). It comes with several different shapes for the inside(star, candy cane, tree, diamond, etc) I was so excited when these came out looking amazing.

I dipped the star in flour between each cut and I had no problems.  We even kept the little trees from the insides of the stars.

 You're supposed to use jam to fill them with, but we used icing.

And then you can either sprinkle powdered sugar on the top, or use more icing to decorate(Evan put sprinkles in the middle too).

We also used the Gingerbread Family Cutter Set ($4.79) to make our little family. It came with a Dad, Mom, Boy, and Girl. You can use any combination to make whatever family you want. This would be an awesome gift to include in any gift basket that you give a family - just cut out how many people are in their family and decorate accordingly.  You can see a few of the decorated ones on the platter of cookies in the picture at the top of this post.

We really had a lot of fun making and decorating our cookies.  My husband normally stays out of my way while I bake and decorate,  but he was really hands on yesterday.  We all had a lot of laughs and as always, I'm all about activities that bring our family closer.

We'll be making Christmas baskets using my other Christmas Wilton products on Saturday, so stay tuned for a post with more yummy goodness!

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used.  The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.  Thank you to Wilton who supplied some of the products for review. I purchased some of the items mentioned above.

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One with many names said...

Very nice :) looks like lots of fun with the kiddos!

sweetheart said...

looks very good....awesome job Evan!!

Nichol said...

They turned out great:) Wiltons recipe sounds good I may have to try it!

Crown'd Vic said...

Fun! I love making cookies with my mom :)

blueviolet said...

I want that linzer cutter!!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your cookies look great. The products sound wonderful.

Krystyn said...

That roller is a great idea!

Sending you my address now..then you can mail me some cookies so I don't have to bake any for Santa!

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