Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Manger Cookies

I have been saving the best cookie for last.  These manger cookies are my absolute favorite!  These cookies will take some time, but they are worth it.  Good news is that you start the little manger silhouettes ahead of time. 

I found a clip art image that I liked, covered it with parchment paper, and rubbed on a very light coating of shortening to make my pattern.  Using a white, flooding glace' icing, I began the silhouettes by tracing and flooding the manger and baby Jesus.  Let this set up a little before continuing.
Now, when you pipe in the straw, there is a bit of dimension added to the image.  Let these completely set up.  If you're not in a rush, just put them in a safe place until morning.
I love sparkle, so I dry brushed the dried manger silhouettes with silver luster dust.  If the silhouettes are completely dry, they should easily release from the parchment.  These can be made up to a week in advance and stored in an airtight container.
These cookies needed to be a 2 3/4 in. square.  I don't have any square cookie cutters so I pulled out my trusty ruler and pizza cutter and got busy.  After baking, flood the cookies with a dark blue glace' icing.
While the icing is still wet, place the manger silhouette on the cookie.  If necessary, gently press it into the icing.
Let these sit for awhile before piping a small star in the upper right corner.
For the O Holy Night cookies, just flood the cookies with blue and let set.  Then pipe the words on with white glace'.

Wishing you all a very blessed and merry Christmas,