Christmas Cookie Ornament Recipe

Slow down this holiday season to enjoy time with family & friends.  Turn on some Christmas tunes, and have fun baking & decorating with the kids!  Here’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy!

Christmas Cookie Ornament Recipe

by Taste of Home 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • FROSTING:
  • 6-2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • Assorted liquid or paste food coloring

  • 9 yards of 1/8-inch-wide ribbon in Christmas colors of your choice

  • Christmas cookie cutters or sizes of your choice

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in the honey, egg and vanilla. Gradually add the flour and salt.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll to an 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters dipped in flour. Transfer cutouts to ungreased baking sheets.
  • Using a straw, make a hole in the top of each cookie. Remove the center circle of dough. Bake the cookies at 350° for 6 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, combine the confectioners’ sugar, water, corn syrup and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Tint the frosting with liquid or paste food coloring in desired colors.
  • Place each color of frosting in a pastry or plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the tip of each bag. Spread and pipe frosting onto cookies as desired.
  • If desired, create stitch marks on a stocking or veins on holly leaves by dipping a toothpick in food coloring and painting on the lines.
  • For hanging loops, cut forty 8-in. strips of 1/8-in.-wide ribbon. Thread a ribbon strip through the hole in each cookie and tie the ends into a bow. 
  • Yield: 40(3-inch) cookies.
  • Crafter thoughts: —To help give your frosting a smooth look, work quickly when spreading it on the cookies. —Write a name on each treat by painting the letters with a toothpick dipped in food coloring or by piping them using plain or tinted frosting. Then serve the cookies after a holiday meal.
Source:  We found this fun activity for kids by Taste of Home.
Find this recipe and others on their website www.TasteofHome.com.

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