This past year my neighborhood has gone through a lot of upheaval. A lot. We actually had a group that felt that our current government wasn’t functioning, and wanted to develop a new city in our smaller community. It was a very contentious election, with lots of arguing and name-calling. The worst part of this election was the way our police were treated. While my community’s police department is very strong, very skilled and very good at its job, the department and its officers ended up feeling unappreciated and undervalued at the end of the election. To me, the police are people who put their lives on the lines everyday. They are heroes who do the hard word, day in and day out, with very little thanks and praise. It upset me that due to politics, our local police were being devalued. Luckily, others shared the same sentiment, and our community gathered to put on a luncheon in appreciation of our police force. I made a number of casseroles along with Iced Christmas Tree Cookies to help spread some cheer this holiday season.
Baking is one of the easiest ways that I know of to spread a little cheer and show appreciation to the people who work so hard to take care of my community. I know that the Big One’s middle school also has a cookie swap for the teachers, and we’ll be spreading some christmas baking cheer to them as well. I love making rolled, cut out cookies, as they are something that is fun to make. However, they can also be so very time consuming. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix makes it so easy to make cut out Christmas Sugar cookies, so easy to make.
For the Christmas Trees that I delivered to the police department, I deviated from the package directions in two ways. First, I added a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract, as I think that it makes the flavor of the cookies seem even more homemade. I also added some forest green food coloring that I purchased at the local cake decorating store. You can use the standard food coloring that you find at the grocery store, but the color is more muted. Plus, with the colors available at the cake store, I can get this deep forest green, rather than a brighter kelly green.
I also recommend that when you cook colored sugar cookies, that you cook them and remove them before they brown, and then let them stay on the cookie sheet after removing them from the oven. That way the color stays intact, but they are fully baked.
While the cookies cooled, I made a very easy cookie icing that hardened. This can be colored as well, but as I wanted to make a “tree” of Christmas tree cookies, I stuck with white, and added sprinkles to it.
- 2 Cups Sifted Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tablespoon Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (or Almond Extract, your choice!)
If you find that the icing is too stiff, add a bi more corn syrup, very slowly, so that it doesn’t become too runny.
As these cookies were a part of a luncheon to #spreadcheer to our local police precinct, I arranged them on a large platter, and try to slowly build them up like a tree. This was mildly successful, and reflecting upon it, I would suggest that building that kind of structure requires a lot of cookies (I only had 5 dozen), and multiple sizes of the same shaped cookie cutter (which I didn’t have). Thus, if I decided to do this again, I am going to buy several of the same shape cookie cutters, just in different sizes.
Once the cookies were set up on their structure, I let the Monkey go through and add the icing and lots of colorful sprinkles. When they were to his standard, we delivered them over to the police precinct, where they were part of a large appreciation feast for our local police department.Who are the everyday heroes that you want to #spreadcheer to this holiday season? Betty Crocker wants to help you share love and appreciation with others in your community. They have made these darling gift tags that you can print out to attach to your own baked goods. Even better, you can swing by Better Crocker and pick up a coupon to make your own cookies.
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