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BETHLEHEM STAR COOKIES/ Christmas City



The Bethlehem Star can be seen lighted in nearly every entryway in my hometown … The Christmas City. They are lit traditionally during Advent but the stars adorn front doors all year-round. Also known as the Christmas Star, it represents the Star of Bethlehem which led the Magi to the manger where Christ was born on Christmas Day. During the depression Christmas cards were mailed to Bethlehem for hand stamping with the Christmas City postal cancellation.

(Source: Moraviancookies.com)

The Bethlehem Star is very similar to and often confused with the Moravian Star, also known as the Advent Star. The Moravian Star had its beginnings in Saxony, Germany in the 1830’s and traditionally has 26 points. The story goes it was used as a geometry lesson at the Moravian Boys School. The Moravian Church, early settlers in Bethlehem, adopted the star as their symbol with the points being equal in length to symbolize the Moravian’s belief in equality for men and women. The Bethlehem Star has fewer points than the Moravian Star with two elongated points at the top and bottom.

(Source: American Public House Review)

In 1937, a gigantic star made with steel from the local mill was erected on South Mountain and illuminated during Christmastime. It was visible from our home six miles away. Nowadays the star is illuminated year-round.

(Source: Monroe County Historical Society)

The stars come in many colors but are most commonly white or clear. When decorating this cookie I divided the points of the star into segments to give the cookie some dimension and added white sanding sugar.


Bethlehem Star Cookies
Bethlehem Star Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
CK White Sanding Sugar

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Pipe straight lines from each point with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood every other section with white icing. Let dry overnight.

Flood remaining sections with white icing.

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





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CHRISTMAS ANGEL COOKIES/ Wings

 

WHAT DO ANGELS LOOK LIKE?

Like the lady who returned your wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it really is all possible if only you believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come along when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart when you didn't think you had one to touch.

Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don't take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address, they ask nothing in return.
They wear sneakers with gossamer wings.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed,
but they are everywhere you look when you choose to see.
Author unknown

Faces are not the easiest to decorate and I avoid them whenever possible. Remember these Owl Cookies? So these angel cookies were decorated from the rear perspective of the angels accentuating their wings.  Aren't the wings the best part of the angel?


Angel Christmas Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Gray with AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Yellow with Wilton Gold
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Toothpicks
CK White Sanding Sugar
Gold Luster Dust
Paintbrush
Vodka
Meringue Powder
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #5
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

 
Outline angel wings with #2 tip in white icing. Flood angel wings with white icing.
Pipe lines on angel wings with #1.5 tip in gray icing. Pull with toothpick to create design.

Outline angel with #2 tip in yellow icing. Flood angel with yellow icing.
Pipe dots with red and green icing. Pull with toothpick to create design.

Pipe halo with #5 tip in yellow outline icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and Tsp Water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to angel wings.
Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Mix a few drops of vodka with gold luster dust to create paint consistency.
Paint gold luster dust onto halo. Let dry 30 minutes.





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DAMASK CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES/ Elegance



My Mother was queen of the forest glade, and proudly I prospered in her shade;
For she said to me: When I am dead, you will be monarch in my stead,
And reign as I for a hundred years, a tower of triumph amid your peers,
When I crash in storm I will yield you space; son, you will worthily take my place.
 . . . . .
With a hundred others he packed me tight, and we drove to a magic city of light,
To an avenue lined with Christmas trees, and I thought: maybe I'll be one of these,
Tinseled with silver and tricked with gold, a lovely sight for a child to behold;
A glitter with lights of every hue, ruby and emerald, orange and blue,
And kiddies dancing, with shrieks of glee, one might fare worse than a Christmas tree.

Robert William Service


This elegant cookie took little time to decorate and is very simple. This was my first time using this technique. A stencil and color mist created this pretty design. By placing the cookie on a metal baking pan, the stencil stayed in place with small magnets which were purchased with the stencil. This technique creates beautiful cookies. Stencils come in oodles of designs and color mist in a variety of colors. For the baker who does not have the time to decorate cookies, this is a great alternative. Come see the process.

 

Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Teardrops Cookie Stencil 
Wilton Gold Color Mist

Outline cookie with #2 tip in ivory icing.

Flood cookie with ivory icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. 

Spray with gold color mist. 

Gently lift stencil. Let dry 30 minutes.




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