Now this is my kind of eating!! I hope you also enjoy this no-calorie trip to other quilt bloggers who have set aside their rotary cutters and fabric and have reached for bowls and spoons in order to whip up some fun seasonal treats for you to enjoy. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite that will become part of your family tradition.
Welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Thanks, Carol. You will find the list of participating bloggers at the end of this post.
Nothing says Christmas like baking some heart shaped cookies! What?
That’s right. I used heart shaped cookies last year when I showed reindeer cookies (read that post here).
It just seemed fitting to make Santa cookies out of hearts this year.
I rolled out heart shaped cookies using The World’s Best Rolled Cookie Dough found at the end of this post which is also the same dough I used when making Painted Christmas cookies that I shared about here.
Once the cookies were baked and cooled,
I made a Buttercream frosting which I’ve included below.
This summer Tu-Na Helper and I spent several weeks in Germany. While there I found wonderful disposable pastry bags and bought several boxes to bring back home.
These bags have a wonderful grip and are not slippery like the ones I’ve found locally. So if you’re ever in Stuttgart, do check out a kitchen shop for some of these.
But if you don’t have any bags or tips (which really are inexpensive and so fun to use), you can still decorate some Santa cookies by putting frosting in a small zip lock bag and cutting a small piece out of one corner.
Now onto the decorating.
I thinned a bit of the frosting and spread it on the tips of the hearts with a knife. These heart cookies are about 3 1/2″ across.
Some red colored sugar added color.
I think I need to turn these cookies around. Using a star tip (I had #21 but #16 would even be better), I squiggled on a band on the hat and added a star dot for the puff on the tip.
Then I used the #4 tip (just a small round circle) to put dabs of frosting where the eyes and nose should be.
Mini M&Ms make perfect eyes and noses. You can find mini M&Ms in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
I used the star tip to draw silly mustaches under that little nose
and lots of swirls around the cheeks for the beard.
Hmmm. These Santas need a mouth. So I grabbed a container of Jimmies
and did a little sorting
to find some mouths. Using my quilting tweezers (I washed it first), I positioned a Jimmie just right to give each Santa a mouth.
What’s better than having 5 Santas come to the party?
1/2 cup less 1 T. butter (or Crisco-plain not flavored)
1 T. butter
4 Tablespoons hot milk
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted before measuring) approximate
3/4 teaspoon almond flavoring or vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients with a mixer on low speed adding enough powdered sugar to make a soft icing that will keep its shape but not be too stiff. Keep any leftover frosting in the refrigerator.
Please visit these bloggers to check out their sweets and treats. Oh, and the looking is no-calorie!!
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What I Learned Today:
- I have 4 days to sew and mail my 2018 Bee Blocks.
- November came and went very quickly.
- I think I can say the same about the whole year.
- Those long sprinkles are called Jimmies.
- Once all the pastry bags are gone, I’ll just have to go back to Germany to buy some more.
- I do not like deadlines. I tend to procrastinate and then stress out to finish the project. I thought I’d eventually grow out of it (procrastination) but that hasn’t happened yet. Oh, well, there’s always hope for tomorrow.
- I do like paper piecing. I just finished a paper pieced Christmas tree wall hanging top for a class that I’m teaching on Friday. I’ll be back in a few days with pics of it.
- Exercising at 7:15 in the morning is very hard because it is so early and I am not a morning person. After conferring with friends at aerobics this morning, we agreed that the only reason we come is for the socialization.
- Exercising with an accountability partner helps. The conversation on Monday morning went something like this.
Bonnie: “Do you want to go to aerobics on Wednesday?”
Bonnie: “Ok. I’ll pick you up at 7:05.”
Question: Do you believe in Santa? When the kids were small, we told them that anyone could be a Santa and bring surprises for someone else. We also said once they stopped believing then Santa would stop bringing them a gift. Yes, we had 20-year-old kids still telling us that they believe or maybe it was that we still wanted to hear that they did.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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