Christmas Tree Cookies
This Christmas tree cookie recipe is a festive choice for the holiday season. Like other holiday cookie recipes, these are sweet and buttery with a Christmassy twist. The quick icing recipe for these cookies is an easy mixture of icing sugar and milk. A traditional way of decorating cookies during the holiday season is to flood the tops with loosened royal icing, but the process of decorating these cookies is far easier; you merely dip the cookies in the frosting and pipe a rim around the edges. The icing is flavored with almond extract, but if you aren’t a fan, you could substitute with some vanilla instead. If you want a good sugar cookie recipe, the dough would be an excellent base for cookies any time of year. Consider turning these cookies into an Easter treat with rabbit or egg-shaped cutters or cut into hearts for Valentine’s day. Whatever occasion you use this Christmas tree cookie recipe for, it will be a keeper.
These Christmas tree cookies are the perfect holiday tradition your family will love. Make a batch of these Christmas tree cookies to enjoy with family and friends. This is a holiday activity you can do with the kids. Christmas tree cookies also make nice Christmas gifts for teachers and friends. This holiday cookie recipe uses simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. When it gets closer to the holidays, you will want to be sure and stock up on all of the ingredients you need for your holiday baking. You want to make sure that all of your ingredients are fresh to ensure recipe success. Test ingredients such as baking powder and baking soda to ensure that they are still fresh. For this easy holiday cookie recipe and more easy cookies, you will want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
There is nothing quite like a good holiday cookie recipe to get you into the holiday spirit. Christmas tree cookies are a good way to kick off the holiday season and a tasty, easy cookie recipe the family will love. You'll want to make sure that your butter, eggs and milk are at room temperature before you begin. When you know you are going to be making this holiday cookie recipe you can take your butter out of the fridge the night before. Make sure that you measure the wet ingredients in wet measuring cups and the dry ingredients in dry measuring cups, this is important. And don't scoop the flour out of the flour bag, but rather spoon the flour into the dry measuring cup and level off with a knife to ensure you measure correctly.
To make the cookie icing for this holiday cookie recipe, you can have a couple of different consistencies and colors to help decorate. You can change the consistency of the cookie icing by adding a bit more water. For flooding the holiday cookie recipe, you want to have a consistency that when you take a spoon and drop the icing back into the bowl, it sinks into itself in 14 to 16 seconds. For stiff consistency, this is the consistency that you usually start off with right off the mixer. This consistency is spreadable and able to hold a peak. Stiff consistency is good for putting on top of the flooded cookie. You will want to have some holiday candy to decorate this easy cookie recipe.
Baking powder and baking soda are two of the key ingredients that are essential to your holiday cookie recipes and baking ideas. And unless you are a regular baker your baking powder and baking soda may sit on the shelves for a long time. These ingredients do have long shelf lives, but they do eventually expire, and when expired they won't give your baked goods won't work out the way intended. Even though the expiration date on the container may have passed, there is a simple test that you can do to determine whether your baking powder or baking soda is still fresh to use. Baking powder and baking soda are chemical leaveners that react to the temperature and the other ingredients. Testing them determines whether the chemicals are still active. All you have to do to test baking powder and baking soda is to drop a little bit of the baking powder or baking soda into hot water and vinegar if you are testing baking soda and look for a bubbly reaction. If there is fizzing, then the ingredients are still good to use. **
Make 5 dozen 2-inch cookies
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1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
green food coloring
Piped colored frosting
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to Mix confectioners' sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix in until combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place into the refrigerator and cool for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two halves.
On lightly floured cloth-covered board, roll each half out to 3/16 inch thick. Cut into Christmas tree shapes.
Place onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake one sheet of cookies at a time on the middle rack for 7 to 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place the cookies onto wire racks to
Once completely cooled frost and decorate.
In a mixing bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Use an electric mixer to beat in the corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, if you want more than one color frosting, and add food coloring's to each to desired intensity.
Use piping tools for garnishing.
Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
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Nutrition Facts for: Christmas Tree Cookies From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Confectioners' sugar, butter, egg, pure vanilla extract, almond extract, all purpose flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, milk, light corn syrup.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 60 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 68, Calories from Fat 29, Total Fat 3.2g 5%, Saturated Fat 2.0g 10%, Cholesterol 11mg 4%, Sodium 45mg 2%, Potassium 16mg 0%, Carbohydrates 9.2g 3%, Dietary, Fiber 0.1g 0%, Sugars 5.0g, Protein 0.7g, Vitamin A 2%,Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%,Iron 2%
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