• Tatum Williams

Delicious Christmas delights


As Christmas approaches, children rejoice, Santa readies his reindeer, and families gather for fun times together. With big gatherings comes food, and I have pulled together a couple of the cutest and tastiest Christmas treats of the season from Delish.com. I have personally made both of these treats listed below and have added in a few tips of my own which could help with the creation of these delicious delights.

The first treat I'm introducing is Christmas tree cookie stacks, and they are fairly easy to make. One personal tip for this recipe is to double layer the frosting, since the stacked cookies add pressure onto the soft cream. If you don't have the time or you really don't want to make these cookies from scratch, then any kind of cookie will do.

Ingredients for the cookies:

  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 c. sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp. almond extract

  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 1 c. butter

  • 4 c. powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2-3 tbsp. water or milk

  • Green gel icing color

  • 2-3 tbsp. red and white pearl sprinkles

  • 16-18 yellow star sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two cookie sheets with parchment.

  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla and almond extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.

  3. Make three sizes of cookie dough balls: 1 teaspoon, 2 teaspoons, and 3 teaspoons. (You should have an even number of each.) Place medium and large cookies on a cookie sheet and press down slightly on each. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 7 to 8 minutes. Place smallest balls of dough on another cookie sheet and press down slightly. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. When cookies are done, remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cookie rack to finish cooling.

  4. Make frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons water and mix until smooth. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add green gel icing color to frosting and mix until your desired shade of green.

  5. Assemble cookies: Get one size of each cookie. Fit a piping bag with a medium sized star piping tip (I used Wilton 32) and fill bag with green frosting.

The final Christmas treats I'll be sharing are the adorable, melted snowman cookies. These Christmas treats are not only super cute, but also super tasty. My tip for this delight is to add another layer of melted frosting. After your cookies have cooled and you put on your first layer of frosting, I would recommend melting some more and pouring just a little on top to give it more of a melted look.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen baked sugar cookies

  • 6 marshmallows, halved at an angle

  • White cookie icing, for decorating

  • Black cookie icing or melted chocolate, for decorating

  • 12 orange jimmies, for noses

  • 24 mini M&M's, for buttons

  • Chocolate jimmies, for arms

Directions:

  1. Spread white cookie icing on sugar cookies to create melted blobs.

  2. Decorate marshmallows with black cookie icing to make dots for eyes and a smile (or smirk).

  3. Insert an orange jimmy into the marshmallow for a nose.

  4. Place marshmallow on cookie icing and add more cookie icing around the neck to secure it.

  5. Decorate buttons and arms: Place mini M&M's on cookie icing for buttons and add chocolate jimmies for arms.

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