Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies #cookies #baking

Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies #cookies #baking

Cheerful November! Expectation this post discovers you starting to get readied for loads of sweet festivals with loved ones this month. I can hardly wait to share a few new occasion recipes, including these Simple Adorned Christmas Treats.

Snow in the mountains was really one of my motivations for these treats. I needed them to be a basic portrayal of an evergreen tree on a frigid night. It's a simple strategy, as you will see from the bit by bit instructional exercise underneath. Mix together the mixture (one-bowl, no-blender) and turn it out. Cut the treats, chill, and prepare.

To beautify, make a straightforward two-fixing icing in dark blue and plunge the treats to cover the top. Sprinkle with the snow sprinkles at that point you're nearly done. After the treats are set squiggle on a straightforward white tree, include more sprinkles and you have a cold night in the mountains!

I utilize this simple shortbread batter for such huge numbers of my treats since it's a fantasy to work with. There's no chilling before rolling and it doesn't adhere effectively to the counter or moving pin. A touch of cornstarch in the mixture (and a stretch in the ice chest in the wake of being moved) helps keep those decent, fresh edges in the broiler.

Also try our recipe Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies #cookies #baking #desserts #christmas #recipe

Try not to extravagant yourself as a treat decorator? Look at this Simple Brightened Christmas Treats instructional exercise, they're simple and flavorful!

For the cookies:

  • 8 ounces very soft butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch

For the mint glaze;

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons half and half or milk, maybe more
  • 1/4-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • blue paste food coloring I used Wilton Delphinium Blue

For the buttercream piping:

  • 1 tablespoon very soft butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons half and half or milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • white nonpareils
  • small white pearlized snowflakes for the tree topper optional

For the cookies:
  1. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place soft butter in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula until nice and smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix together by hand for about 30 seconds, until fluffy and well blended.
  3. Sprinkle the flour and cornstarch evenly over the top. Stir until flour is incorporated and the dough is shaggy. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and press dough in a ball. Knead a few times until fairly smooth then form into a ball again and press with your hands into a flat disk.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 3/8-inch thickness. Keep work surface, dough and rolling pin lightly dusted with flour. Cut circles and place on prepared pans. Re-roll scraps as many times as needed to use up the dough.
  5. Place cutouts in the refrigerator for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove cookies from refrigerator and bake for 12-16 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden at the edges. Rotate pans halfway through for even browning. Cool completely before icing.

For the mint glaze:

  1. Combine powdered sugar, half and half and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract in a medium-size bowl. Mix until smooth. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Add a little more half and half if too thick. Taste the glaze and add more peppermint extract, if needed (see note above in the post). Dip the tip of a small knife into the blue food coloring and swirl some of it into the icing. Stir well and add more food color until desired shade of blue is achieved. Transfer the glaze to a shallow bowl.
  2. To glaze the cookies:
  3. Holding onto the edges of a cookie, dip the top surface into the glaze, being sure all of the surfaces touches the glaze. Pull cookie up and out of the glaze. Allow excess glaze to drip back into a separate bowl. When glaze stops dripping, quickly flip the cookie right side up and give it a gentle jiggle to allow the glaze to flow evenly over the surface. Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow glaze to dry for 15-30 minutes.

For the buttercream piping:

  1. Place butter in a medium-size bowl and stir until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons half and half and mint extract and stir vigorously until smooth, adding a bit more half and half if needed to achieve a fairly thick but smooth consistency.
  2. Place buttercream in a pastry bag fitted with a small round icing tip (I used a Wilton #5 round tip). Starting at the upper edge of one cookie, pipe the Christmas trees by making lines that are increasingly wider, stopping about 1/4-inch above the lower edge of the cookie (see pictures above). Immediately sprinkle trees with a few more white nonpareils. Set aside to dry.
  3. See Café Tips above for lots of extra tips and instructions.

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