I am very excited to post my Christmas cookies for this year! I haven't made my regular Christmas cookies in years. Three to be exact. To say I was ready to make them again is an understatement and boy did I go overboard this year! I have made and frosted 8 dozen Christmas cookies over the last couple of weeks. Three dozen are for a customer order and the rest are for cookie gifts as well as cookies to bring to my family Christmas.
When I have this many cookies to bake it takes some intense planning. I write down how many cookies I need, how many of each design I will have (usually in dozen increments for simplicity), and then I draw what the designs will be and what colors I will use. This helps me plan and organize and save on frosting! It's amazing how much frosting I saved this year with a little planning! By the end my hand was hurting so badly that I could barely pipe, haha!
I wanted to try a few different cookies this year and I am so pleased with how most of them turned out!
Everyone loves the commercial side of Christmas! Christmas trees, snowmen, santa, etc., but this year I wanted to make a few cookies that represent the real meaning of Christmas - Jesus! I love these nativity scene cookies and am sure I could make them even better next year!
But everyone loves Santa and Rudolph!!
I always make snowmen of some kind, but wanted to do something a little different. I love their hats!
The tree is one of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas, so naturally a tree couldn't be left out! I decided to go with a lightly decorated and snowy look this year!
While I didn't put ornaments on a tree, I couldn't leave them out all together! These are actually some of my favorites!
A few different types of snowflakes. I live in Texas, these are the snowflakes I see!
And lastly, polar bears! I really wanted to get a bit more creative with these, but it just wasn't in me by the end! I was completely finished with all of my other cookies and these were the only ones left, so at midnight Friday night I piped some simple polar bears and that was it! I think they turned out pretty cute! Maybe next year I will make my coca cola polar bears!
The cookies from the order were all individually heat sealed, packaged and ready to go! I set aside 18 cookies for my family and the rest were handed out to friends and neighbors. I also made some white chocolate drizzled pretzels to go with the cookies and we handed them out Sunday evening!