Friday, December 20, 2019

Our Christmas Cookie Box and a Gingerbread House Cake

Shortbread Cookies, Shortbread Recipes, Mini Gingerbread House, Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Christmas Cookie Box, Christmas Baking, Chocolate and Peppermint Cookies, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, Almond Shortbread Cookies, Maple Shortbread Cookies, Maple Cookies, Almond Cookies, Christmas Cake, Gingerbread House Cake, Peppermint Buttercream, Royal Icing, English Toffee Recipe, Cakes with Macarons, Christmas Cookies with Royal IcingIt's been such a busy week of cookie baking.  I wanted so much to create a really beautiful cookie box with a variety of tempting sweets, and my goal of making and decorating this many different cookies in just a few days was maybe a little overly ambitious.  But I'm not one to back down from a baking project once I've begun, so on the first day, I made all the dough, one batch right after the other, so I would only have to wash my food processor once when all the dough was done, wrapped, labeled and chilling in the fridge.

I love shortbread, so I decided to do a variety of shortbread flavors, in addition to a few other cookies and treats.  There was vanilla bean shortbread, which I made into tiny little houses.  I'm so in love with those.  Then there was almond shortbread, with almond icing and crushed almonds on top - this was probably my favorite to eat, because I love almond extract in baked goods.  Maple pecan shortbread with maple icing, crushed pecans and toffee bits - my husband's favorite.  Chocolate shortbread trees, with snickerdoodle buttercream tinted a deep woodsy green.  Some of the chocolate trees just got a simple dusting of powdered sugar.