Christmas Wreaths, Snowflakes and Snowmen

If you're looking for some Christmas cookies that are very much of the holiday, but are also holiday neutral images, look no further.  Wreaths, snowflakes and snowmen can be made for any winter occasion.  They can be given as gifts to friends, family and neighbors no matter their religion, and they can be shipped anywhere in the country or across the pond if they're made thick enough and packed well. 

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Can you believe that I don't actually own a wreath cookie cutter?  How utterly embarrassing, I know.  This, by no means, should prevent one from cutting out beautiful wreaths as long as there are fluted rounds and/or plain round cookie cutters on hand.  These are a must for any baker of any baking skill level.  The snowflakes and snowmen cookies do require you to have cutters in those shapes, but they can be found just about anywhere baking supplies are sold.  Online is best these days!

Christmas Wreath and Snowflake Sugar Cookies on Wedgwood

The wreath is my favorite of the bunch.  For this particular shape, use a fluted round cutter to cut out the large shape, and then use a smaller plain round cutter to remove the center of each cookie.  Bake and cool.

Wreaths:  Outline and flood the wreaths in royal icing that has been tinted with leaf green and avocado green food coloring, using a #3 piping tip.  While the icing is wet, use any number of nonpareils, drage├ęs, pearl candies or whatever you wish to put on the Christmas wreaths.  Let dry completely.  

Snowflakes:  Outline and flood baked snowflakes in white royal icing using a #3 piping tip.  Let dry completely.  Using a #2 piping tip and white royal icing, pipe the snowflake details as shown, changing it somewhat from snowflake to snowflake so that each one has a unique twist to it.  Let dry completely.

Snowmen: Outline and flood the hats of the snowmen in black royal icing using a #2 piping tip; let dry.  Using a #3 piping tip, outline and flood the body of the snowman in white royal icing.  While the icing is wet, pipe black dots for eyes and a smile, as shown.  Pipe a "carrot nose" using orange tinted royal icing.  Pipe red and/or green dots along the torso of the snowman.  Let the icing dry.  Using a #1 piping tip and black royal icing, pipe the arms of the snowman as shown.  If you want to gild the lily, you can pipe a scarf on the little guy and even a wrapped present in between his "hands".  It's up to you!

Snowflakes, Wreaths and Snowmen


Many of us are looking forward to the holidays this year, even if they are somewhat different than in years past.  I was told by my family that my niece and nephews were excited about Christmas coming up, but they mentioned that there was one thing they weren't going to like.  They said Uncle David was going to be missing for the first time ever this Christmas.  I can't tell you how sad I felt and how heartbroken I spent the weekend knowing they are already feeling this way.  There's nothing in the world I would want more than to spend the holidays and the new year with them as I have been doing for their whole lives.  

We'll get together soon, my little ones.  Uncle thinks about you every single day and is happy that you are doing well and are healthy.  


Happy Holidays!

Comments

  1. So pretty, David. Which cookie recipe do you use to get such 'perfectly thick for shipping' dough?

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    1. Hi Jo!

      Thank you for liking these. The cookie recipe I use is my own. In the search bar at the top, type in Heirloom Sugar Cookies. There should be a recipe post with a printable recipe there for you. The royal icing is also my recipe. That's under Perfect Royal Icing.

      In order to get thick cookies, get a pair of dowels that are a good 1/4" or slightly more to use as guides. Place a dowel on each side of the dough and then roll it out. The rolling pin will stop flattening the dough any further when it hits the dowels. Enjoy!

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  2. Beautiful photo!! Would you mind telling me more about the beautiful green and white plate your wreath and snowflake are sitting on? I love the textured edge, and the peak of a transferware pattern in the center!

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    1. Hi Tobert!

      The plate that you see there is a vintage Wedgwood Patrician plate with the 'Torbay' transfer ware print in green. Wedgwood also made Torbay in black. Very beautiful. Very collectible.

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    2. Thank you! A new obsession! (Exactly what I needed...lol)

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