Making fun Christmas cookies is truly is a part of the great festive season.
How to decorate Christmas cookies for the next holidays is a dilemma I face every year.
That may sound like a chore, but I assure you it isn't. Every year I like to make 12 new novelty Christmas cookies to propose to my customers in my bakery here in Sardinia Italy.
To make these fun Christmas cookies I use a recipe that I have personalized from a traditional biscuit recipe.
It is a cookie dough that contains quite a bit of almond flour and honey.
I also decided to modify the cookie recipe further by giving each of the 12 Christmas cookies a different flavor; strawberry, caramel, fruits of the forest, coconut basically any flavor possible.
The reason I use this recipe is because it is quite a shift dough and cutting out the shapes is easy.
Plus they do not need much baking, so they don't lose their shape after baking.
Results are a perfect cookie base to decorate.
I could really kick myself as I haven't taken photo's of all the fun Christmas cookies I have made over the years.
Good job the digital camera was invented or I wouldn't have had any!
The most common fun Christmas cookies I have made are by using the Christmas cookie cutters that are quite easily available in the shops.
Even if you use the same cookie cutters every year, you can obviously decorate them differently that will give satisfying results.
Just like these two snowmen;
The Christmas theme, has so many decorating possibilities.
Finding new ideas on what kind of fun Christmas cookies you can make is easier than you think.
I love to browse the Christmas clipart on the internet as I found some really great ideas for shapes like this snowman's face.
I printed off the clipart image to the size I wanted to make the Christmas cookie.
I cut out the image and outlined it on to a thicker piece of card (easier to work with).
I made the cookie cutter with strips of easy pliable metal.
This is the end result...
I find making your own cookie cutters gives you freedom to make more original Christmas cookies and I have to say that is it a lot cheaper than buying them already made.
A quick tip; I found it a difficult task finding homemade cookie cutter kits here in Sardinia and the way I got round it was quite simple and certainly less expensive.
I bought a large tin tray (60cmx40cm) for about three Euro's and took it to a metal smith who cut it up into strips of about 1.5cm. Depending on the size of the cutters you can make loads.
However you can find lots of ready made cookie cutters like these below to make lots of fun cookies for Christmas.
Find lots more Christmas cookie cutters either at:
Here are some more fun Christmas cookies that I have made. All these Christmas cookies have been made with homemade cookie cutters.
All the Christmas cookie decorations I have used have been made by hand basically because here in Sardinia they are not available to buy.
Plus it's what I believe to be the best part and all the fun about preparing Christmas cookies that are unique and have our personal touch.
Enough about what I do at Christmas, how about you?
Have you got some great ideas about Christmas cookies that you would like to share?
Join in on the fun and share you're your best Christmas cookies ideas, whether they are great tasting simple cookies or super decorated Christmas cookies, we would love to see and hear about them.
Christmas cookies decorated like the ones above are not really part of the Sardinian culture and traditions, that's just me and fanatical passion to transform Italian cookies into tantalizing cookies for the cheerful season.
Other pages that may interest you are:
Christmas Wreath Cookies - You can really go to town with these cookies
Christmas Tree Cookies- Find different cookie cutter ideas and suggestions on decorating your tree cookies
Snowman Cookies - Kids adore Frosty the Snowman, so why not bake some fun cookies
Italian Christmas Cut Out Cookies - Here you will find a photo gallery of some new ideas for you to try with cut out cookies and print off the free templates.
Easy Christmas Cookies - Not everyone loves cookies that are super decorated and covered in chocolate, sometimes there's a call for more simpler yet tasty solutions, these are just ideal for that!
The holiday season is very near, I will be busy baking and decorating Christmas cookies and be sure that I will take photographs of them all to share with you.