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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30 Comments

  1. Oh, lovely! It is all about spreading the joy.. have a wonderful holiday season!

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  2. wow the cookies looks so good. nicely decorated..

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  3. They look very pretty & colourful…merry xmas and a very happy new year to you and your family

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  4. I’ve never seen a yolk glaze used before. So pretty!

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  5. Hey nice 2 c a blogger from goa:-)…u hv a nice space with very nice posts…this christmas cookies look yumm n cute…i saw ur paintings also and they are fabulous…u hv variety in ur blog…i vl follow ur blog 2 get more tempting recipes.Merry xmas n happy holidays

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  6. Happy Holidays to you and your family Sheba. Very nice cookies.

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  7. very cheerful cookies !!
    wishing you a happy festive season !!

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  8. Cookies looks perfect and nice color. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you

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  9. Cookies look awesome! Perfect for x’mas .Wish u & your family a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

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  10. Very nicely baked and beautifully decorated.

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  11. its so lip smacking..:::) gosh…i badly want to taste them..

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  12. Fantastic, S, truly!!

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  13. These look amazing!!!

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  14. Am so glad i found ur lovely blog-ur cookies look great!!!!
    and congrats on ur first award…
    wanna read evry post on ur blog thats so filled with deliciousness ….

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  15. that looks fabulous

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  16. I definitely thought long and hard about making these for FFPW! I loved the decorations and thought it would be so much fun to color them in. But then I really didn’t want to buy the shortening lol. Your cookies look fantastic! Enjoy your time with your family!

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  17. Gorgeous festive cookies….Happy holidays.

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  18. look perfect for festive season! :)

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  19. very pretty cookies… you have loads of patience :)

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  20. Cham

     /  December 22, 2009

    Cookies are fantastic with colors!

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  21. the cookies look wonderful and so very festive!! You have a real knack in decorating cookies, S! very nice job.

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  22. thy look perfect for jingle evnt,will be glad if u sendthem over,..

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  23. so colorful cookies..looks cute

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  24. very cheerful and festive! nice!!

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  25. Woww cute cookies…very pretty!

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  26. S, these are looking so cute! I’m sure Goa is all geared up for christmas and new year !!!

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    • oh yes..Christmas is HUGE in Goa…in fact am planning to drive up to Panjim today to see how the capital city is lit up

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