Mad about Christmas Cookies

              Christmas Cookies

With a full-time job, it’s been a little difficult keeping to my Christmas baking schedule. But I knew that I’d definitely be baking and decorating Christmas-themed gingerbread cookies this year, having given them a miss last Christmas.

Plus, I’d been longing to make these edible Christmas tree ornaments since I saw the beautiful designs on Joycelyn’s blog last year.

Christmas Cookies

These gingerbread cookies were baked and decorated over the course of 2 work day evenings and this past weekend. The challenge with cookie decorating in humid Singapore is, as I’d already blogged about previously, that the cookies turn soft very quickly while the icing air-dries.

I had high hopes for these cookies since they remained really crisp, even after 2 days in an air-tight container. But wet December weather finally decided to reappear right after I’d laid down the first layer of royal icing; the poor cookies didn’t stand a chance against the damp, although I have to admit that the royal icing did dry beautifully.

Christmas Tree Cookie

Still, I managed to capture a few decent shots of the ornaments and Christmas tree this morning despite the afternoon rain. I’m particularly happy with how the Christmas tree cookie turned out, given that this is the first time I’ve worked with sprinkles and sanding sugar.

Many thanks go out to Joycelyn for sharing generously sharing her gorgeous decorated cookie design ideas!

Gingerbread Kids

These gingerbread kids are a slight variation of the ones I made 2 years ago. There’s still a 3D gingerbread tree waiting to be assembled, but there just isn’t enough time on the weekend to do everything I’d planned. And then there are the vanillekipferl to be baked. Things aren’t looking too great for the macaron “croquembouche” at the moment. :(

But I’m not complaining; I’m really pleased with what has been accomplished in the kitchen this weekend despite the weather and everything else that’s going on this time of year. With that, I leave you with a photograph of my favourite design of the lot.

Happy holiday baking, everyone!

              Christmas Cookies

11 Responses to “Mad about Christmas Cookies”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I have trouble with soggy cookies too when decorating. Can you share your gingerbread recipe? That’s okay if you can’t. I’m always trying to figure out how to have crisp, yet decorative cookies. Yours look SO lovely, great work!

  2. Mrs Multitasker Says:

    Oh my goodness these look incredible… WOW.
    I have concluded this year that I am not meant to ever do a decent job of icing. I am coming to terms.. =)

  3. MB Says:

    Reached this blog thru your flickr image and wanna say again that these cookies are gorgeous! I really love the detailing work. And can I commiserate with you about the humidity in Singapore?!!!? It’s my first time making sugar cookies in Singapore this year and it’s definitely a challenge. (No such issues when producing these in NYC, heheh!). Anyway, kudos on the amazing work. :)

  4. Emma Says:

    OMG! They’re really beautiful! So decorative and so much details!

  5. Jane Says:

    Your cookies are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! Happy Holidays!

  6. Karen Says:

    Kathy: Please refer to the comment section of my other posts on gingerbread cookies for the recipe.

    Mrs Multi-tasker, MB, Emma and Jane: Thank you!

  7. lyndsay Says:

    you are a MASTER ROYAL ICING PIPER!! great work…! :)

  8. kenneth / Says:

    if only you can make gingerbread that has a chewy consistency…?
    and if you can supply them for our stores…


  9. juliana Says:

    your cookie are so neat and beautiful! you are amazing at what you do keep up the great work!!!!!!!

  10. Faridah Says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m in SG. And my cookie get soggy after overnight.
    What can I do to make the cookies crisp again? Help!

  11. Karen Says:

    Faridah: If you haven’t decorated them, try drying them in the oven at a low temperature. If you have, you might want to try placing them in an air tight container with a dessicant or dry them in an air-conditioned room.

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