It’s that time of year again – Christmas – and, I love it! The time of year where sweet things are made of these: white sugar, brown sugar and molasses. While mom’s red and green glistening sugar cookies can never be duplicated, I can’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit than to start a baking blitz. After all, nothing spreads holiday cheer faster than filling a room with the essence of homemade cookies.
One part delicious and one part décor, I present to you my take on tradition with none other than the, “Oh – how sweet it is – Christmas tree!” It all started with a ‘moment.’ That moment when I saw it, wanted it, but knew I didn’t need it. Then, the dilemma – should I buy it or not? Next question to ask, “Must I have it?” Yes! I absolutely must own a set of star-shaped cookie cutters. And yes, I must create my very own cookie tree. So, I did exactly that!
Silver and gold or ‘au naturel,’ the best part of making your own edible centerpiece is its versatility; they can be embellished to fit any thematic scheme, and one’s personal preference. Following a reliable sugar or gingerbread cookie recipe – I use Martha Stewart’s – I proceed to whip up and roll out a batch of cookie dough, and then pop my star cut-outs into the oven for the instructed time. Once baked and cooled, let the tree trimming begin!
Minimalists may choose to leave their towering 3-D spectacle as is – a pure display of subdue shining glory. As for me, ‘tis the season and that means adding sparkle, royal icing, and metallic-tone dragées to capture much sought twinkling nostalgia. With or without the addition of ‘toppers,’ this layered treat is a sight for the eyes, and is certain to please cookie monsters everywhere. Word to the wise, taste trumps design. So to yield deliciously festive results – worthy of the ‘nice’ list – heed a tried and tested recipe. Happy baking!
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