Ah nothing say's it's time for the holidays like an elf on a shelf and tacky sweaters. Christmas has become a new excuse to start super trendy traditions... and I LOVE it.
I have been anxiously awaiting an invitation to an "ugly sweater" party for quite some time, and, this year, it finally happened! Of course, I instantly offered to bring sweater-shaped cookies because that seemed like a super easy idea for someone who has never heard of royal icing and has always made cookies with help from the Pillsbury Dough Boy. (translation: I’m crazy!)
In true procrastinator form, I waited two days before the party to go out and get the supplies. I thought for sure that every store in America would carry ugly sweater cookie cutters. Guess what? They don't. You have to search online and special order them.
Well..."Ain't nobody got time for that!"
So, I put my creative cap on and decided I would hand-cut these suckers myself. I drew an outline of a sweater on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. It really was that easy! I then used a butter knife to trace around the cardboard into the cookie dough. Definitely not as fast as a cookie cutter, but it got the job done.
|Fresh out of the oven.|
|The final result.|
If I’m being honest, I’m super-duper impressed with myself. They came out really well, considering it was my first time using royal icing and baking cookies from scratch (pat on the back). Oh, and they tasted beyond amazing! They kept their shape, and were firm yet soft when bitten. Here is the recipe.
Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Did you bring them to any parties this past holiday season?