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A little late to the party…Christmas cookies!


I know, it’s almost New Year’s Eve, but these Christmas cookies are about to land in cookie purgatory if I don’t get pictures posted before the 2013 holiday season is officially over.


This set was made in a rush all while my sweet parents were visiting for Christmas.  Amongst baking all of our Swedish Christmas favorites, like pepparkakor (a ginger snap perfect for coffee dipping) and cardamom rolls for Christmas morning, I made these cookies for friends’ parties along with some eclairs.  Whew.  I’m tired just thinking about all the work and the flour dust!

Here’s my cute mom baking with my big girls:


For this set, I was looking to do classic Christmas colors – deep red and green – on the hats, trees and Ruldophs.  I also wanted to throw in some glam ornaments and flocked snowflakes.  The ornaments were done by first flooding the bases with royal icing.  When dry, I sprayed Wilton gold and silver Color Mist over 6 inch square stencils and later added disco dust to the tops.


Ruldolph was based on a little guy in the “That’s Not My Reindeer” Usborne Books board book (Christmas adorbs).  I used a Wilton snowman with hat cookie cutter for the cookies, drew the reindeer to fit within the shape on paper and outlined it in black marker.  Then, I used a Kopy Kake to outline the deer in black before flooding.


The trees and hats were a bit free form, although I did add a star and scalloped circle cut out to the tops of each respective cookie before baking, to get the exaggerated  forms that cookies sometimes just need.  (;


Have a wonderful New Year’s…and try to get to your party on time (unlike someone we know….)


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Finally! Some Christmas cookies!


Although the snow has yet to really fly this Christmas season for us, I couldn’t wait to break out the snowflake and mitten cutters.


The boundless options for snowflakes are always appealing.  So many designs – all unique!  Also, there’s a simplicity to making snowflake cookies.  Usually, I decorate with white on white, with a little snow shimmer to finish.  The cookies are flooded in white the night before and the next night, creativity can step right in without a stop at the icing color mixing station.


The mittens didn’t take too much more thinking, just a bit of red and green, always on hand at Christmastime.


I also threw in the smiling tree because we all need a little cute in Christmas.


The Santa is a blissful take on a Meri Meri two cutter set I found in the Fancy Flours catalog in November.  When I saw it, I simply had to have it, ASAP.


As you might know, my name is Kristina and I am a cookie cutter addict.  I make goat trails out of bins of cookie cutters.  I honk for cookie cutters.  I make friends think twice about leaving their best cutters out in plain view, for fear that I’ll get my floured mitts on them and never let go….  Christmas is an especially difficult time for these friends – what with all the vintage, well made cutters from Grandma – waiting for me to drool over.  They’re lucky I don’t have big puppy dog eyes….



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Flowers in the snow cookies


For the moment, pretty darn far up north – where I live – most of the snow has melted into barely green lawns dotted with brown, wet leaves from the prior fall and the expected – but still always surprising – clusters of crocuses in violets, lilacs and deep yellows.


Every spring, these beauties peek out from a thinning blanket of snow and call out to weary passerby that warmer weather will come soon. Maybe not today, or even for a few more weeks. They seem to say, “Don’t slip from the rock face, the ice will not pull you down. Soon, you’ll be on the other side of the mountain and the sun will shine warmly on your back.”


So when the late spring storm finds a way – as it always does – to accompany morning commutes and soak through the thin mesh of sneakers because the boots are packed away, we’re not as bothered.


We can imagine the snowflakes are crystal daisy chains (or in this case, tulip chains), leading the way to a season when snow becomes water, fast and cold in a creek bed, ready to receive bare legs in rolled up jeans and toes free of socks.  A transformation perfect for wading and then leaving, to meet the sun on our fronts and then our backs.



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Shamrock snowflake cookies


Somewhere very close to where I live, about and hour or so up, there’s still snow enough to ski, snow enough to walk lightly on snowshoes through the hush of a forest at night. Recent temperatures in the 50’s feels near balmy and it’s drawn people to tap their springtime dreams with a weekend spent clearing fallen brown pine needles from lawns and biking to the coffee shop near the park.


But for a group of 12 who remember that winter still thrives in higher elevations, a winter picnic and evening hike are on the agenda. These cookies were made to provide a (lucky) sweet ending to a sunset walk in the snow and to winter activities winding down for the season. A nod to the glistening magic of snow and its sliding, slippery recreational qualities, before we turn toward the sun and fields of grass green and dry enough for soccer games, tag and the lazy joy of spectating.



March 10, 2013 · 10:42 pm

Santa on the half shell with a cupcake for dessert and a reindeer chaser


I really should be asleep now, preparing for a day full of children  and…well, I guess that’s enough. The thing is, I have Christmas cookies on the brain, including these Santa cookies that wedged their little Christmas personas onto some unlikely cutters (as if I didn’t already have enough Santa cutters).


Santa on the half shell, of course.


Followed by a sweetheart of a guy, his cupcake cousin.


And, finally, Cupid and Vixen.  Are they feuding again?


Merry Christmas, everyone!




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Christmas ornament odds n’ ends


I’m currently sitting pretty in my in-laws home, enjoying some of the best parts of the season:  leisure time with family. The rush of cookie projects, cards and present wrapping is behind me and all that’s left to do is monitor my kids’ candy cane intake and make important Saturday night movie decisions, like Elf or Santa Claus 2. Elf is the clear winner for me.


Before I landed on this easy chair, I spent some time with these roll outs:


Silly star ornaments with dazzling lights.



Shamrock baubles…


and cross cookies for the best little Irish Catholic family ever.


Sugarplums and snowflakes.




with Christmas trees (thanks to the tree technique so aptly demonstrated recently by LilaLoa).


And lastly, little Rudolphs. Merry night before the night before Christmas Eve!



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Holiday baubles for the tree in the Grand Hotel….

My mid-size city is the bona-fide hometown of legendary crooner, Bing Crosby (full disclosure:  I’m just a transplant). Lately, as I’ve delightfully baked and decorated my Christmas cookies for the season, I’ve listened to untold hours of the “Christmas Morning” station on Pandora. Bing Crosby is a regular fixture on that station, making an appearance every third song or so…. One of his standby’s, “It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas,” has made the rotation enough for me to actually recall the lyrics (usually an impossible feat).

I’m fixated on the line, “there’s a tree in the Grand Hotel…,” because – HOLY HEART FAILURE, BATMAN – we actually have a historic, restored, been-here-since-Bing’s-boyhood, Grand Hotel, called the Davenport Hotel! So now, every time I hear the song, I wonder, was Mr. Crosby thinking of the Davenport when he poured his heart and soul into that line? Was he recalling an annual December visit to the Hotel as a child, eyes aglow with the glittering lights and baubles on the stoic tree in the lobby, with hopes of cocoa in a fancy cup before the afternoon came to a close?

If so, maybe he saw handmade beauties in purple and gold…

Or snowflake facsimiles festooned with ruby gems…

Or maybe not.  But that’s what this hopeless Christmas romantic is telling herself.


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