I made up a list and I checked it twice,
trying to work out who was naught and who was nice.
But seriously my nice list way waaay too long and I really had to cut it back.
In the end I sent out just a few of cookie packages to a couple of people on my nice list.
Well actually the people that I did a cookie swap with last year because I forgot to organise one this year.
It seems Noo from Dessert Menu Please had the same idea and the day after I posted out my treats I received a package with a cracker and inside the sweetest hand drawn little festive cookies :)
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Anyhoo the cookies I sent out are an updated version of the elegant snowflake cookies I made a few years back but I added jelly gems.
Which by the way I am a bit smitten with at the moment.
Oooooohhhhhh Jelly Gems, so pretty..........
The actual cookie was a Christmas inspired cinnamon and cranberry sugar cookie. You can find my recipe in the free online Christmas edition of 'Tickle the Imagination' Magazine if you CLICK HERE.
The original decorating tutorial for the Winter Wonderland Snowflake cookies has a recipe for plain vanilla sugar cookies if your not keen on the Christmassy version. CLICK HERE for the original post and recipe.
and thank you all so much for reading this year, it always brightens my day to receive comments or see my treats pinned.
From my family to yours wishing you safe and happy Holidays.
Elegant Jewelled Snowflake Cookies
Sugar cookie dough
Snowflake cookie cutter (mine from Bisk-art)
Decorative stamp or embosser
Small plastic rolling pin
brush and water
2 round tip (mine was Wilton)
Royal Icing (I used queens royal icing mix from Woolworths - just add water)
Piping bag with small tip
edit update - I have a youtube video tutorial on how to make sugar cookie dough
#Fondant dries out pretty quickly so I work with a little fondant at a time covering one or two cookies. The remaining fondant I leave wrapped in a little cling wrap/ glad wrap until I need it.
Line a couple of trays with parchment paper.
Make up batch of sugar cookie dough, chill, roll out on workbench lightly dusted with flour and cut out snowflake cookies.
Pop the cookies onto the prepared trays and put in the freezer for around 15 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat over to160C (320 F) and then bake cookies for around 12 - 15 mins.
Remove from oven when they just start to become golden and using the small end of the icing tip quickly remove a small hole from the center of each cookie.
Ooops - no photos of the cookies with holes in them. Just use your imagination :)
Knead fondant until pliable and roll out on a surface lightly dusted with cornflour and using the same snowflake cookie cutter cut out the snowflake shape. Make sure the cookie cutter is clean and dry before you start cutting.
Brush a tiny amount of water onto the cookie and then adhere the snowflake fondant cut out to the cookie, gently rolling on with a small rolling pin if required.
Take the #12 tip and press down to remove a round of fondant from the center of each cookie. I needed to poke it out with the end of my brush.
OK just imagine there is a hole in the middle - I didn't get a picture of one :)
Using a clean foodsafe stamp or embosser press into the middle of each cookie to make a pretty indentation.
Pipe a circle of royal icing around the edge of the round hold in the center of each cookie and place a jelly gem inside using the royal icing to glue it into place.
Pipe decorative dots on the cookie as desired.
Leave out until royal icing is set.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a week.
Recipe, photo's and post by Linda Vandermeer author of Sweets on a Stick: More than 150 Kid Friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go. You can pick it up at all good online book shops including these shops: