As kids, we always made and decorated cookies for Christmas with our friends the Bones and Halls. For the past few years the tradition has waned somewhat since 20-somethings don’t traditionally like to spend their holiday piping icing. We preferred more liquid-based merriment. Usually that meant my mom decorated them all after we did a couple and petered out. Now that we have kids in the house again though, the cookie tradition is back.
It’s been a long time since we made gingerbread, but when I saw a blog post about it, I knew what I wanted Santa to have for his midnight snack. These are adapted from a 1961 New York Times recipe.
Turtle did a great job helping to cut out the men. Unfortunately, our vintage cookie cutter doesn’t really “cut” anymore. Guess he will be turning into a tree ornament for next year. We also learned that Silpat makes an excellent nap mat.
I like the cookies plain, but my mom couldn’t stand it and had to ice a few.
We also did some sugar cookies (which I must confess were made with a mix). But they do look pretty.