How to Make a Cookie Ornament

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How to Make a Cookie Ornament
Although no one likes to admit it, the holidays can be stressful. And nothing spreads a little holiday cheer like edible food humor. Well, besides brandy. And let’s face it, after a year of food recalls, food safety bills, Food Revolution and Food Feuds, who doesn’t need a little morale boost this holiday season? That’s why my Cookie Ornament for 2010 is the Christmas Ham Even a Vegetarian Will Love.

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
Sugar Cookie Ornaments can be used for gift tags on presents or simply piled high on a plate. You’re only limited by your cookie cutter collection and imagination. A little curling ribbon for the pig tail gives an added touch of LOL and makes an interesting handle for these Christmas Hams. Trust me, everyone will pick them up this way.

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
If you have decorating skills that rival my Photoshop ability, you can customize your Christmas Hams with a cuts of meat chart or personalize them with your friends’ names… just be warned — not everyone gets the humor in a pig with their name on it. At first.

This is my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe. These cookies are substantial enough to hold their shape for decorative purposes, but soft and delicious enough to satisfy a real cookie craving! Makes three dozen cookies, depending on cookie cutter size.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
icing, colored decorating sugars

Icing/Glaze for One Dozen Sugar Cookies:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
Make the cookies. In an electric mixer cream butter and add sugar and salt. Add vanilla and egg. Add flour and mix. Gather dough and pat smooth. Cover and allow dough to chill for 1/2 hour in the freezer or 1 hour in the refrigerator. Lightly flour board and rolling pin. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Place cookies on baking sheet.

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
Make the ornament. Before baking, use a wide drinking straw and poke through the dough. Bake in a preheated 325(f) oven for 10-13 minutes. If using colored sugars, sprinkle with sugars before baking. Allow to cool before icing and decorating.

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
Make the icing and decorate. Combine powdered sugar and milk. Whisk until smooth. Set up time for icing varies but typically hardens in about two hours. For best results, icing should be set before tying ribbon. For a faster, easier process, do not use icing, rather use colored sugars before baking. For more detailed instructions and photographs check out the original Decorated Sugar Cookies Recipe.

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
NOTES: For best results, chill dough before rolling. Makes about 3 dozen cookies depending on cookie cutter size. Portion icing into small batches to mix different colors. Keep baked and decorated cookies fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week. Cookie dough can be refrigerated for two weeks or frozen up to a month.

It isn’t recommended that you decorate a tree with these ornaments for any period of time. If using as a gift tag, wrap in plastic or use clear treat bags.

Small children should not be left unattended with Cookie Ornaments. And really, when should small children be left unattended?

How to Make a Cookie Ornament
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23 Responses to “How to Make a Cookie Ornament”

  1. Kee- Pain
    12/9/2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Dear Average Betty,

    Im your biggest fan!! These look amazing and i want to eat them!! I want to make these!! Or maybe you can make it with me when you come down. xoxo

    Kee- Pain <3

  2. Average Betty
    12/9/2010 at 9:41 pm #

    LOL Kee-Pain! I’m YOUR biggest fan! Girl, you know these are in your Christmas future… you weren’t supposed to see this! Just Kidding!! <3

  3. redkathy
    12/10/2010 at 1:08 am #

    Nice cookies and great gift idea. I can see the kids pulling at the tree!

  4. Average Betty
    12/10/2010 at 10:11 am #

    Thanks, redkathy! Adults may not be able to resist either :) But no pulling on the tree!!

  5. Maris (In Good Taste)
    12/21/2010 at 11:41 am #

    So pretty! I must do this next year. Great idea!

  6. Average Betty
    12/21/2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Thank you Maris! Happy Holidays!!

  7. June
    2/22/2011 at 3:14 am #

    Your cookies look so lovely and pretty. I have been looking around for good sugar cookies recipes. So far I have tried two and both are disappointing at the point when dry ingredients were combined to the wet. I didnt overbeat the mixture. The supposed to be sticky dough turned out to be runny or more like a muffin-like mixture. I am not able to get that kind of soft dough yet not stick to your fingers when u touch. It took so much effort to roll the dough and was frustrating.
    Do you know what went wrong?

    I will give your recipe a try for sure!

  8. annoymous
    12/20/2011 at 3:00 pm #

    i will try these out. can i ask can u use plain flour because we dont have all purpose flour here.

  9. Average Betty
    12/20/2011 at 3:04 pm #

    You sure can! All purpose is the same as plain flour ;)

  10. mommie2011
    12/20/2011 at 3:52 pm #

    My daughter and I are having a blast decorating these Xmas cookies…THANKS!!

  11. Average Betty
    12/20/2011 at 4:26 pm #

    WooHoo! My pleasure, mommie! Merry Christmas :)

  12. mommie2011
    12/20/2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Plus, you won me over with TWO tsp vanilla! The recipe is truly amazing. I’m making another batch for more decorating tomorrow!

  13. Average Betty
    12/20/2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Haha! I love vanilla :) I always add two teaspoons to everything lol :) I’m so happy you like em’ thanks a million for commenting!

  14. marissa
    12/27/2011 at 1:21 pm #

    hi betty can u convert this recipe into grams.

  15. Average Betty
    12/28/2011 at 11:05 am #

    Hi marissa, Here’s a handy calculator for converting to grams :)

  16. Susanna C
    3/9/2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Love, love, love ur cute adorable pig cookies!! :)
    Where did u buy the pig cookie cutter? Is it a plastic green cookie cutter?

    Thks n regards,

  17. Average Betty
    3/10/2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Thanks so much, Susanna! No — it’s an older metal cookie cutter and I really can’t remember where I got it. I’ve had it for years!! But Wilton does make a lot of great cookie cutters that are plastic (and better) and if I’m not mistaken, they have a pig… Hope this helps!

  18. Adrian
    4/5/2012 at 9:02 am #

    I just wanted to ask… Is there a reason there is no baking powder in your cookies? I mean they look AMAZING but just wanted to know reasoning behinde that

    Thank you :)


  19. Average Betty
    4/5/2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Adrian,
    Good question :) Baking powder is a leavening agent which means it makes things rise, like bread or cake. These cookies especially I want to be flat so, no baking powder. But really, most of my cookies don’t have baking powder. I prefer a chewy, soft cookie over a thick, cake-like cookie.

  20. mai
    4/25/2012 at 10:14 am #

    deer betty im your yungst fan im 8 years old great cookies and veeryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy dilishis ples make other respis to you are the best cook


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