Christmas Cheer with some Christmas Cookies

It’s a state of frenzied activity at home as the year comes to an end….also its Christmas time..and Goa is decked with lights and the festive spirit. .
Anyway today’s post is going to be a short one as I have my in-laws visiting, paintings to finish, cards to send , friends to visit and then the schools have closed for the holidays(well ,I’m not jumping with joy for that one).
Anyway here’s wishing all of you a beautiful happiness and love-filled Christmas…and here’s to spreading some Digital Christmas Cheer.

These lovely cookies that will go to FFPW were absolutely fun to bake and a great joy to share AND eat , of course!!! I got the recipe from the pioneer woman’s blog. You can find it here.

Prep Time: 2 Hours Cook Time: 6 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 36
Ingredients

* Cookies:
* ⅔ cups Shortening
* ¾ cups Sugar
* ½ teaspoons Grated Orange Or Lemon Zest
* ½ teaspoons Vanilla
* 1 whole Egg
* 4 teaspoons Milk
* 2 cups Flour
* 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
* ¼ teaspoons Salt
* _____
* EGG YOLK GLAZE:
* 1 whole Egg Yolk
* 1 teaspoon Water
* 2 drops (to 3) Food Coloring
* _____
* WHITE DECORATIVE ICING:
* 1 bag 2 Lb Powdered Sugar
* ¼ cups Milk
* 2 Tablespoons Egg White (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Cream shortening, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla thoroughly. Add in egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and mix.

Sift dry ingredients together, then blend into cream mixture. Divide dough in half (thirds if you double your recipe), slightly flatten between two sheets of waxed paper, then refrigerate for one hour (or freeze for 20 minutes).

While dough is chilling, combine egg yolk, water and food coloring to make the egg yolk glaze.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with a cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheet and paint cookies (with a soft brush) with egg yolk glaze.

After brushing with egg yolk glaze, bake at 375 degrees for approximately 6 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown.

While cookies are baking, mix powdered sugar, milk and egg whites (which are optional) to make the decorative icing. Remove cookies from oven to a wire rack to cool. Then, using a pastry bag or Ziploc bag, pipe with white icing to decorate.

Note: when making the white decorative icing, make sure that it is thick and somewhat retains its shape.
…well as you can see my icing was too thin….

This Cookie also goes spreading the festive spirit to the event at Asan Khana titled Its time to Jingle Again.

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