Monday, October 25, 2010

Dazzling Sugar Cookies For Mom on Christmas

It starts to smell Christmas! 
Have you been thinking of getting your Mom something new, something unique, and something sweeter this year? Perhaps a dazzling sugar cookie?

Sugar Cookies for Your Mom

Ingredients:

- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups margarine
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 cups flour

Directions:

Cream the first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix together all remaining dry ingredients and combine with the creamed mixture. Put in enough flour to handle dough. Roll cookies out on floured board or flat surface, and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake 350 or 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or when the outside edges have turned light or golden brown.
If you're making her a flower bouquet:


It is ideal to use flower-shaped cookie cutters in cutting your cookies. Roll ½ inch cookie dough, or a dough that is solid enough to lodge popsicle, or lollipop sticks. Carefully insert stick into each cookie. If your cookie is extra thick, you may need to bake an extra minute because of the thicker dough. Watch closely while baking.

When cookies are done baking, allow them to completely cool on a wire rack. When cookies have cooled, start mixing cookie icing and frost your cookies. You can use different colors in your frost for a festive-looking cookie bouquet. Royal icing is a good choice because it holds up very well. You can even drop royal icing right where the stick enters the cookie to make sure the stick holds onto the cookie. For piping decorations, prepare small parchment cones with a decorating tip for each color, it’s faster and less messy. You can also use a decorator icing and think of any design for your cookie.


When the cookies are set, wrap them in clear cellophane bags and tie a ribbon bow around each cookie.  Arrange your pops in a little basket, mini pail, decorative box or pot, with styrofoam at the bottom to hold cookies. This is the time you can design your bouquet all you can! You can insert candies in between cookie gaps, or colorful lollipops to look like miniature balloons in the bouquet. You can think of any Christmas frosting design, colors and shapes for your cookies. The possibilities are endless.

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Sugar cookies for a cookie bouquet can be fun to bake and decorate. Colorful and dazzling as they are, they can look fabulous when hung with glitters all over the Christmas tree! So this Christmas, why not add a little magic to your Mom's holiday bites with fancy sugar cookies!



Have a sugar-filled season!






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