Friday, December 30, 2016

White christmas and snow flake cookies



What a Christmas wonderland this place is 🎄 last week we went to Lake Tahoe with the kids,and another family.
It was snowing and looked so magical!! A first time experience of watching falling snow made it even more  special.
I had planned to make some snow flakes cookies to take along with us. The children had an even better plan, of making us a Christmas Eve dinner, that turned out so grand and made us all so happy!

Lake Tahoe , is in Nevada and bout 4 hours drive from SanJose, California. During winter, people love to take a trip, stay there and do winter sport and skiing.
There is a place there called Emerald Bay, and the view you get to see is out of this world! There are many lodges, vacation homes available but do book in advance!



Tahoe 

Emerald Bay

The snowflake cookies are basically sugar, butter and flour based. The cookie cutters create these lovely shapes, that both kids and adults like :)

Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp  milk
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp sugar to sprinkle over the cookies
1/2 tsp Candied ginger (optional)

Method:
1. In a mixing bowl and using an electric hand beater, start by smoothing the butter, add sugar and continue mixing with hand mixer, till it appears creamy consistency. Now add in vanilla essence, pinch of salt, chop finely and add candied ginger and add in  milk, mix together to form  into a soft dough.
As the dough starts to leave the sides,take it out and roll it into a ball shape and wrap it with saran wrap ( plastic wrap) and leave it in the refrigerator to cool for about 20 mins.
2. Dust a flat board with flour and roll out the cooled dough, by dividing it into two halves. Flatten each half into 1/4 inch thickness.  Using cool cookie cutters, cut out shapes like snow flakes, Christmas tree , snow man!
Sprinkle some sugar on the top, and bake them  on a baking tray at 350 F for about 15 to 20 mins. Remove as they appear light golden brown on the sides!
Cool and enjoy these delicious cookies, with some ice cream or just the way they are.



Ingredients


Cream butter and sugar,add vanilla essence and candied ginger



Wrap dough in saran wrap


Dust flour on flat board


Snowflake cookie cutter shapes
                                               


Place on baking mat 
                                               

Sprinkle sugar on the top
                                                          

Some snowman and Christmas tree cookie cut outs
                                                   

                                              
Snowflake cookies!









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