Continuing with getting into the Christmas spirit, I decided to pick up a 4.5 foot pre-lit tree and set it up in my room. Hey, it was on sale for $19.99! Knowing that I only have two KISS ornaments to my name, I also bought some gold garland to wrap around it. I lost the rest of my ornaments years ago in the fire (AKA – the break-up). I’ll have to slowly work on building up my ornament collection again. Oh, and I’ll need a topper as well.
I know it’s not much to look at it, but it’s mine and I can use it as a night-light.
So that’s what I did late last night — I put up a small fake Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music. Then I kept the party going until about 1:30AM or so and woke up around 8AM with the idea of going to see Disney’s Frozen at 10:30AM. Turns out that 10:30 showing was in the next town over and I wasn’t going to drive that far on a Sunday morning to go see a movie.
So I made these Christmas sugar cookies earlier in the day than I originally intended. All made from scratch (including the icing)! I used Alton Brown’s recipe for the cookies and then another recipe for the icing that I found on AllRecipes.com. I think I did pretty well for myself.
The icing was incredibly easy. At first, I wasn’t going to decorate at all but then after getting halfway through the batch, I figured I needed something on these cookies. The first handful of “easy” icing recipes I found online all called for egg whites but gave warnings about using raw eggs. Sounded like too much trouble.
A few keyword changes in my search led me to a recipe that only called for milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. I ended up making two batches of that so I could have red & green icing. I really wanted yellow icing for the stars but my food dye options were red, green and blue.
I ended up leaving a few of the cookies plain for those that don’t like their sugar cookies any sweeter than they already are. The whole thing was a fun process and it was made even more enjoyable because I had Elf (the only good Will Ferrell movie) playing in the background. I think I could be a baker for a living and enjoy it. The only question remaining is…