Why I Love My Christmas and St Patrick's Day Cookie Cutter Set
Cookie cutters create stars, bells, trees and reindeer for Christmas and lucky cookies, the perfect treat for a St Patrick's Day party.
Cookie Cutters Make the Perfect Christmas Tree
I cannot decide which I like best my Christmas or St Patrick's Day cookie cutter set. Cookie making is one of my favourite pasttimes. I love the sweet smell that fills the house and I love sharing my cookies with friends and relatives. They make the perfect birthday or 'Thank-you' gift.
Making cookie dough is easy; mix sugar, flour and baking powder. I shape round-heaped cookies by simply dropping a teaspoon of dough onto baking sheet. I am also quite good at rolled cookies because the method is easy. I just roll out the dough and used a glass to cut out round cookies. But I can only do, small round, big round and very big round cookies, not very exciting. When I tried to shape stars or Christmas trees or bells, they turned out amateurishly and I did not want to give them as presents.
My Cookie Cutter Sets
I love my St Patrick's Day Cookie Cutter and also my Christmas set because now I can out a shamrock leaves, a leprechauns Christmas trees and reindeer that look professional.
Christmas and St Patrick' Day themed sprinkles, make your cookies to stand out. If this is not exiting enough, decorate your cookies with Candy Decorations.
When using cookie cutters, remember to flour the surface before you roll out the dough. Dip the edge of the cookie cutter in flour, place the cutter level on the dough and press down firmly then lift it. Repeat this and when the cutter gets sticky, dip it again in the flour. Using a spatula, move the cookies to a baking sheet. Reroll the left-over dough and cut a few more cookies.
Easy Cookie Recipe
Basic Cookie Dough Recipe to Get You Started
- 1 cup butter
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Line baking sheet with reusable sheet liner or use a non-stick pan
- Cream butter and sugar using a hand mixer on medium speed
- Beat in the eggs
- Add vanilla and salt
- Add flour and baking powder to the butter/sugar mixture and stir until blended
- Wrap dough in waxed paper and leave in the refrigerator for about two hours
- Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness
- Use your cookie cutters to cut into shapes
- Place cookies on baking sheet, two inches apart
- Optional: brush your cookies with milk and then sprinkle with sugar
- Bake the cookies in preheated oven for about 7 to 9 minutes or until golden brown.
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Non-Stick Cookie Pan or Cookie Sheet Liner?
Using a non-stick pan or sheet liner is a personal preference. Both are little kitchen miracles.
There is no need to butter the non-stick pan before putting your cookies on it. The non-stick surface works wonderfully and your cookies slide off easily. The large size cookie pan easily holds a dozen homemade cookies.
The cookie sheet liner are soft and flexible. A big bonus is that they can be cut to fit round or odd shaped pans. As long as you don't cut anything on the liner,they will last for almost ever. I bought a set five years ago and still use them.
The longevity of both the non-stick pan and the cookie liner make these two great green products.
Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies
Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies is my favourite recipe book. I drool over the coloured photos of each and every recipe. I love the reduced-fat recipe, meaning I can eat more of these moutwatering cookies. My favourite recipe is the step-by-step instructions of a gingerbread house. Not only cookie recipies are included, you will also find eggnog, traditional hot chocolate, fruitcake and much more.
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