If you’ve been hanging out with me at The Place For Busy Moms then you know that my kitchen talent is in the level of desperately needing Alton Brown’s help. Funny thing is, I adore being in the kitchen and some of my most memorable moments of childhood were made in the kitchen but once I went gluten free everything I knew about the kitchen changed. Now, everything in the kitchen is a learning process for me and sometimes one of those mistakes turns out to be amazing, that was the case in the Christmas Cake Bites that I made last year, those things were mouthwatering good! The one thing that has remained consistent over the years, whether it’s using regular flour or gluten free flour, is the tip that it takes to get perfectly shaped christmas cookies every time.
How To Get Perfectly Shaped Christmas Cookies Every Time
Whether you are going to a party with the family or baking cookies for a school fundraiser you are bound to at some point in time desire to make perfectly shaped Christmas cookies. The problem is, that usually doesn’t happen. If you don’t know what you are doing then you are going to end up with giant blobs instead of ginger bread men and people may even laugh out loud the moment that they lay eyes on them. Ask me how I know.
Christmas cookies are so much fun to make and decorate and it’s an easy tradition that kids really catch onto and love. Personally, I still have memories of decorating Christmas cookies over at my aunt’s house and I desire that my children and their friends, as well as my nieces and nephews grow up making similar memories here at my house.
The Tip So Simple You Won’t Believe How Easy It Really Is
All you need is a little bit of cold.
Baby It’s Cold Outside!
Okay, so you won’t need to go outdoors to make these cookies but you do need to ensure that your ingredients are nice and cold. I’m talking about the batter here.
Prepare your cookie recipe like normal and if it calls for water, use cold water. Yet, if it calls for butter then you’ll want that butter to be a little bit on the soft/melted side so that you can work it all the way into the mixture.
Here’s Where Things Go Right Or Wrong
When most people set out to make Christmas cookies with the kids they tend to prepare the cookie dough batter, scoop it out onto the pan and pop it into the preheated oven.
I know, you are scratching your head and saying “What!?! What in the world am I supposed to do with the cookie dough?”
Get it cold. That’s right. Take that fresh cookie dough, cover it up and put it into the refrigerator. You could even put it in the freezer!
After your dough has had a chance to chill roll it out onto a cookie sheet. Then, use your cookie cutters to cut out your shape. Instead of lifting the cut shapes you’ll be lifting up the excess cookie dough. The reason for this is because when you lift the precut shapes up you’ll end up leaving finger prints on them and often times curling up the edges.
The Wait Continues
Now that you have your cookies cut into their shapes, you could pop them into the oven but once again we really are trying to keep the dough cold so it’s best to chill the cookie dough yet again, this time in precut shapes. Once you are satisfied that your cookie dough is nice and chilled then you can pop them into the preheated oven.
It does take a few extra steps to get that perfectly shaped Christmas cookie but if you are willing to wait to impress then it’s the only way and it’s well worth the wait.