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Ornament Cookies

Decorating a Christmas Tree is one of the most memorable holiday activities. Kids love getting involved in the process. Baking ornament sugar cookies is fun for the kids and makes the tree extra special. How to make them: Make Foodstirs Sugar Cookie dough according to the instructions on the recipe card provided. Once you have rolled dough out to approximately 1/4 inch, use assorted holiday cutters to shape your cookies. If you don’t have an ornament shaped cutter, you can use a simple round cutter and attach a small square of dough by pinching.DSC_0503 Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets. Use a straw or a skewer to poke holes in the tops of your cookies so the ornaments have a way to hang. Holes should be on the bigger side as they will close slightly when cookies bake. Place cookies in 350 degree oven and bake for 8- 10 minutes, or until edges are golden.DSC_0504 Decorate your cookies any way you’d like! We recommend using royal icing because it hardens, preventing any smudging or damage to your beautiful creations. Here’s our recipe: Royal Icing: 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons egg white powder (or meringue powder) 1 ½ teaspoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla Sift 1 ½ cups powdered sugar and set aside. Combine the egg white powder, water, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk. Slowly add the sifted powdered sugar and continue whisking. If the icing is too stiff, add water ½ teaspoon at a time until the icing loosens up. Divide the icing into separate bowls and color with natural food dye (optional). Immediately place icing in piping bags or cover bowls with plastic wrap to avoid drying.DSC_0515 Here’s our favorite ways to showcase these adorable cookies: -Hang them from your tree -Dress up your gift wrapping by tying them onto your presents -Place a few cookies in a cello bag and tie with ribbon and a tag to make them the perfect hostess gift DSC_0555 DSC_0573 DSC_0586

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