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CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES/ Purple Hue


 
The holiday baking is finished, presents wrapped (well, not really...I still have more wrapping to do!) and the angel placed atop the Christmas tree. During WWII, my Dad who was in the Navy and stationed in Miami, usually had leave at the end of January. My maternal grandmother and his future mother-in-law at the time would keep the Christmas tree up until he came home with his presents beneath the tree. I can imagine the tree was a fire hazard by January’s end but I always thought what a heartfelt act and certainly a wonderful homecoming sight.

I know this is the second Christmas tree I’ve posted but I have two tree cutters. You see, I couldn’t decide which one to buy so I purchased both! This is a simple design with added touches of glitter to the tree and snow on branches. Don’t the snowy branches bring to mind a wintry scene, a la Currier & Ives? Well kinda! We had pine trees bordering my childhood home and after a snowfall the evergreens were so beautiful covered in snow. Best of all, it meant lots of sledding fun!


Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Violet and AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Gold Luster Dust
CK White Sanding Sugar
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush

Outline cookie with #2 tip in purple icing.

Flood cookie with purple icing.

With paintbrush flick gold luster dust onto cookie. Let dry 30 minutes.

Pipe detail onto tree branches with white flood icing.
Using a toothpick spread icing to resemble snowy branches. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp Meringue Powder and Tsp Water. Stir until smooth. 
 Using a paintbrush apply to white snow and tree trunk.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.


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CHRISTMAS STOCKING COOKIES/ Tiffany Turquoise



Maybe I’m corny but some of my all-time favorite songs are Christmas songs …Silver Bells, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Let It Snow, especially if sung by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams or Michael Buble. Christmas television specials by Perry Como and Andy Williams used to be an annual tradition as they sang the season’s popular songs, decked out in red pullover sweaters surrounded by a beautiful, snowy set. My favorite Christmas song is I’ll be Home for Christmas which reminds me of my Dad, and in recent years brings a tear to my eye. When this played on the radio Dad would say, "this was the one that got all the guys” when they were away from home serving during WWII.

I'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents 'neath the tree

Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

christmas cookies

Christmas Stocking Cookies
Christmas Stocking Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining, flooding and detail tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Turquoise
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Star Tip #16
Wilton Decorating Leaf Tip #67
CK White Sanding Sugar
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush

Outline top of stocking with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood top of stocking with white icing.

Outline rest of stocking with #2 tip in turquoise icing.

Flood rest of stocking with turquoise icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe outline with #2 tip in turquoise icing.

Add two roses with star tip #16 in detail white icing.

Add leaves with leaf tip #67 in detail white icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp Meringue Powder and Tsp Water. Stir until smooth.
Using a paintbrush apply to top of stocking.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.

 


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CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES/ White Christmas



Decorated cookies can look more interesting in non-traditional colors. Instead of the usual green, I fashioned these cookies on a white tree. At Christmas my sister-in-law decorates two trees, a traditional fresh pine with colorful lights and ornaments, and the other a white angel tree. It makes the prettiest tree ever and looks so brilliant and stunning. She takes a fresh frazier fir and adorns it with white lights and silver and white ornaments. Most of the ornaments are angels. She was into angels before angels were cool. I should know; I’ve known her since I was 13 when she began dating my brother in high school. She has been a big sister and close friend ever since. In those early years she took me shopping, spent hours sharpening my routine for head majorette tryouts and we were each others maid of honor. She’s always been there no matter what and I’m proud to have her for my sister. After more than forty years she continues to shower our family with kindness and love.

Christmas tree cookies
 
White Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for detail tinted Gray with AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3
Wilton Decorating Star Tip #16
Paintbrush
Vodka
Silver Luster Dust
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Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe garland with star tip #16 in gray icing.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in white icing.

Pipe bottom of tree with #3 tip in gray icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix a few drops of vodka with silver luster dust to create paint consistency.

Using a paintbrush dab silver luster dust onto garland and ornaments.

Christmas tree cookies
Let dry 30 minutes.

Christmas tree cookies

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TWIX COOKIE BARS/ Say Twix



You are going to flip over these Twix Cookie Bars. Instead of a decorated cookie, I have for you today a cookie bar. All it takes is 10 minutes . . . no kidding! The bottom layer is like the cookie crust of a Twix Bar with the toffee of a Heath Bar and thick chocolate topping . . . what's not to like! This recipe is so easy and perfect for this week's game, your undergrad cramming for exams or your holiday party.


1 Cup Butter (2 sticks), softened
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 Egg Yoke
1 Tsp Vanilla
6-8 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars (or 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)
1 Cup Ground Pecans (optional)

In a pan over low heat, melt Butter. 
Remove from heat and add Brown Sugar, Egg Yoke and Vanilla.

In a separate bowl, add the flour. Add brown sugar mixture to flour. Mix well with wire whisk.

Spread onto ungreased 9x13 sheet pan (for thicker bottom layer use square brownie pan)
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. 

Immediately place Hershey bars atop the crust.

Let melt and spread evenly. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired. Let cool completely and cut into squares.

Makes16-20 cookie bars.

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