For those of you who know me from my cookie baking book (A Busy Cook’s Guide to Flavor-Packed Cookies & Bars), it should come as no surprise that when Christmas roles around so do some special Colorado Christmas cookies. I have some cutouts, which include cowboys, boots and a cactus I use as a tree for decorating. I got the ladies from my crocheting group to gather a couple weeks before the big holiday. It turned out like some of our crochet meetings–a lot of talking, sharing and laughing and not so much getting done what we set out to do. I had made some cutout cookies ahead of time and lots of dough in preparation. Here are a couple of my favorite decorated cookies. Leah had the brilliant idea of poking the decorations into the icing at an angle instead of just letting them lie on the surface of the cactus cutout. That way it indeed looked prickly and authentic.
I had also forgotten that my friend Jan had given me some letter punches to “engrave” some cookie dough. I thought for sure they would fill in as they baked. But surprise, surprise the cookies came out very cute. I have a small section on decorating cookies in my cookie book and ways to encourage children to explore their creativity. I’m always surprised to see how other people decorate the cutouts.
In another attempt to get into the holiday spirit, I coerced my husband to go over to the University of Denver to listen to their carillon. The carillon (bells) plays an assortment of carols every year about this time. The cold weather soured some of the notes. I can’t say that I would do that again, but it’s always fun to try something different. Let’s just say you can’t always hit it out of the park.