REINDEER COOKIES/ Remember when ...

… department stores did not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving weekend? I do. Back then the holiday season did not officially start until after Thanksgiving. Now it seems we rush through the calendar year and at some point along the way, holiday decorations began appearing earlier and earlier. At first it was late October before the trick or treaters filled up on Halloween candy. That seems pretty reasonable compared to now when shops decorate in September. My Costco sells artificial Christmas trees and inflatable snowman in 90-degree temps in August. Really? I can adapt but I’m not ready for Christmas in August. How ‘bout you? Let the kiddies begin their school year before we get them thinking about Santa sliding down the chimney. Although, I realize the last quarter of the year is when merchants do their biggest business and are anxious to get us into the holiday buying spirit.

The early craze has caught on in my neighborhood too. Some display Christmas lights as early as the day after Halloween. Once Santa Claus makes his appearance in the Macy's Parade that signals the start of the holiday season. Decorating over Thanksgiving weekend has now become the tradition. By the time turkey dinner is digested even the adults are getting excited about this joyous season. I admit to not being that efficient but aim for the first half of December. Whatever your traditions, celebrate the holidays at your own pace, cherish those you love, enjoy the spirit of the season and bake lots of cookies!

These reindeer cookies were favors on our Christmas dinner table last year. As you know by now, I am not so organized as to have Christmas cookies on the blog in November. I quickly snapped just a few photos before guests arrived. Come see this airbrushed stencil design. 

Reindeer Cookies
Reindeer Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Color Mist (Gold, Silver)
Fair Isle Sweater Stencil

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red icing.
Flood cookie with red icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.

Spray with gold color mist.

Gently lift stencil.

Spray some cookies with silver color mist.

Let dry 30 minutes.




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  1. Enjoy your blog. I do remember when Christmas was kick started after the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Use to watch it on TV and was so excited to see the new toys coming out. I guess this tells my age (my daughter says I don't act my age but it sure shows when I look in the mirror). Your traditional cookies shown are the kind my mother used to make and we thought she was an artist. (They were great). Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    1. Hi Martoona, I so appreciate your kindness and feedback. I'm glad to know you enjoy the blog. Cut out cookies are such a nice tradition in most families, stir childhood memories and create new memories for the kiddies. They are the absolute favorite of my nephews every year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday.

    2. P.S. Why should we act our age...forget that! I like your daughter's honesty!

  2. I love this stencil with the reindeer cookies. My favorites are the cookies with the gold spray. Happy Holidays! Sue

    1. Hi Sue, the gold mist on the red cookies is my favorite too. Enjoy the holidays!

  3. Those are just beautiful! I especially love the Damask Christmas Tree Cookies--- just gorgeous!

    1. Gigi, Thank you! The damask stencil is one of my favorites too.

  4. Your cookies are always gorgeous, Joan! Just letting you know I am featuring them tonight on Best of The Weekend!

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for your kind remarks. I appreciate the feature at Best of Weekend link party. There is always a great collection of goodies. Have a Happy Holiday!

  5. These are so pretty! =)
    Your cookies are always amazing!!

    I hope you and your Family have a wonderful Holiday Season!

    1. Hi Melissa, Thank you very much. I appreciate your loyal following and wish you and yours Happy Holidays!

  6. Of course you are the place to be this time of the year.
    Just look at these beautiful cookies!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Jemma! I still have lots of holiday baking to do. Have a wonderful Texas Christmas!


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