Growing up I remember the smell of Christmas cookies this time of year. No matter what type of day I had, when I unlocked the front door and got a whiff of the sugar cookies baking in the gold Kenmore oven, I knew Christmas break was a little closer. The Christmas music was on my parent’s record player console and the mix of vanilla and butter.
And, the familiar smell of over baked (burned) cookies was the closest thing to what the set of a Hallmark movie probably smells like.
Except, in our kitchen, there was folded laundry was on the kitchen table and the fresh baked cookies were on wax paper sheets on the Formica counter. #reality
There was always a date on the calendar dedicated to baking sugar cookies. We sorted them out on the counter and kitchen table by type (Santa, reindeer, snowmen) and we got to eat the ones that didn’t make the perfect landing onto the wax paper.
My mom set aside the next evening to frost the cookies. It was a family event with sprinkles and frosting with all the colors of the rainbow (so there was always a Bronco theme Santa).
I continued the tradition with my family with a few changes to the basics. I like my sugar cookie dough a little thicker. And, then there’s my mom’s icing recipe versus mine. My mom’s icing was more like a glaze. I think she watered it down a bit to frost all of those cookies. I needed to find my own royal icing recipe.
For years I used a sugar cooking icing recipe from Martha Stewart with powdered sugar, a few drops of water and egg white. The egg white always made me nervous. The last thing I needed during the holidays was an outbreak of salmonella.
Of course, I never thought twice about eating a tube of raw cookie dough with my girlfriends in middle school, high school and then there was the Dairy Queen Cookie Dough Blizzard habit in the nineties.
Sidenote: I read this article by a food blogger about the safety of raw eggs.
And, then a few years ago I graduated to royal icing and discovered the magic of meringue powder and a bit of corn syrup.
Royal Icing Ingredients
Here’s a pin-friendly image with the royal icing ingredients!
Enjoy! Here’s a fun way to organize the icing tints and sprinkles! Enjoy the season! What are your favorite holiday traditions?
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