Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday
by Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer (Storey Publishing)
Beloved memories are made and kept in the kitchen, say authors Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer as they introduce Cookie Craft Christmas. Never is this truer for many of us than when making Christmas cookies.
There is just something magical about time spent in the kitchen as the holiday season settles in around us. The recollection of cookie cutters, icing, and sprinkles seems to surface with the aroma of sugar cookies baking in the oven. Whether it’s helping Grandma stir the dough, shaping your mom’s favorite pinwheels, or assisting your own child in icing and sprinkling each colorful cookie, memories abound and continue to be passed along generation after generation.
Valerie and Janice present more than 70 unique Christmas cookie designs, festive New Year’s cookies, and delightful Hanukkah treats. Each recipe and embellishment is simplified with a list of equipment and keep-it-simple tips. To better prepare bakers and to advance skills, a full section is devoted to decorating techniques, including the best way to roll dough, how to add dimension to cookies, and tips on filling a pastry bag.
Fresh ideas are found throughout the book with new inspiration for baking. Some pages feature single exquisite cookie designs, while others present multiple interpretations of the same cookie. Various takes on gingerbread, cookie place cards using a food-safe marker, and variations of a charming red cardinal and a pretty poinsettia are only a few of the featured holiday confections. You will be amazed what you can do with sugar cookies this season—from mimicking the feathers on a partridge to making cookie Christmas cards.
Use some of these techniques for your next tea gathering to create your own works of art, and listen to the oohs and aahs from your guests as they delight in the sweet treats.