'Tis the season for... Christmas cookies!
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than baking these elegant, colourful cookies?
Picture a decorated pine-tree with presents lying underneath, a fireplace with stockings hung above it and a really old man dressed in red, ringing a big bell and crying out "ho ho ho".
Christmas is the most anticipated and widely celebrated holiday among the Christian community. The big day is just around the corner and even though I don't celebrate it, I appreciate the values it represents.
It's not just about giving expensive gifts to your loved ones, it's about sharing and caring for people who do not have the luxuries some of us have.
For those who don't understand the true spirit of Christmas, it's just another uneventful day in the calendar.
Having lived outside of Pakistan for quite some time, I have had the chance to witness some really great Christmases.
It's always the same:
- the adults constantly complain about being short of cash during the last days of this season and maxing out all their credit cards
- the children write letters to Santa, praying it won't be too difficult for the man from the North Pole to give them all what they have requested (ergo, the broke Dad)
- the malls set up exciting discounts to clear out all their low-selling items and slightly perking up prices on their best-sellers
Although I have never attended a Christmas party, I know that home-cooked food plays a vital role in this celebration. A simple batch of customised sugar cookies is sure to perk up the mood in your household. The royal icing recipe included in this post is quite simple, stays firm and will let you create elegant, colourful, matt-finish designs on the cookies. So get right into the kitchen with your kids and start baking!
|Sugar cookies with royal icing|
Ingredients for Cookies
Method for cookies
Ingredients for royal icing
Method for royal icing