In this blog, you’ll find how-to videos for cookies that look as amazing as they taste!

 

Our beautiful Christmas trees and snowflakes, along with our colorful Christmas light bulbs, will add a kaleidoscope of colors and sparkle to your Christmas cookie gift exchange.

 

My granddaughter Rylan hard at work!My granddaughter Rylan hard at work!

 

 

 

Decorating these cookies is a great activity to do with your kids! Make this a yearly tradition and watch your children or grandchildren's skills improve.

 

My granddaughter Rylan has been decorating cookies with "Auntie M" (Michele) since she was two years old. At seven, she's become a pro and looks forward to Christmas cookie decorating every year.

 

Now gather your family and start your Christmas cookie baking event!

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

 

NOTE: You can find great deals and a large assortment of Wilton products at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.

  • The sugar cookie recipe we used for the Halloween cookies.

  • Snowflake cookie cutter

  • Christmas Tree cookie cutter

  • Christmas light bulb cookie cutter

  • Wilton Nonpareils Sprinkles

  • Wilton Edible Glitter

  • Buttercream Icing

  • Sugar Glacé Icing (see below)

  • Cookie scribe tool

  • Food coloring

Sugar Glacé Icing

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar

  • 3/8 cup milk

  • 3/8 cup light corn syrup

  • Vanilla bean paste or any extract to taste

Directions

  1. Mix the sugar and milk first in a mixer.

  2. Add corn syrup slowly, just until combined.

  3. Divide to flavor and add color.

Decorating Directions

  1. Mix up dough according to instruction.

  2. Roll the dough out into a sheet.

  3. Cut out Snowflakes, Christmas light bulbs and Christmas trees.

  4. Follow instructions for baking your cookies.

  5. Now watch the video below for hands on instruction decorating for the Snowflake and the Christmas light bulb cookies.

 

 

This next video shows you how to decorate the Christmas tree.

 

 

 

Once you have iced the Christmas tree, get creative. Use multi-colored sprinkles to adorn the trees with

holiday decor and edible white glitter to dust the

trees with snow.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to take your decorating to the next level?

Check out the trailer below!

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 Days of Cookies with Susan Carberry

 

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When it comes to cranberry sauce in my family there are lines drawn in the sand on this topic. I love making homemade cranberry sauce and my mom loves the canned cranberry sauce and while it's not my cup of tea, it always has a place on our holiday table...rings and all.

 

When I created this recipe I wanted something different from the standard cranberry sauce. I've been making this every Thanksgiving and Christmas since before my son was born. It is always a hit and tastes even better the next day. Its great warm or cold and delicious on turkey sandwiches. The apple and the Grand Marnier add that extra something to the sauce. If you are opposed to using a liquor you can always leave it out. The orange juice and zest mingled with the Saigon cinnamon and nutmeg leave you entire house smelling delicious.

Here's what you will need:

1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed

1 cup water

1 cup bakers sugar

1/4 cup Grand Marnier

1 chopped apple

1 orange, juiced & zested

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

 

Directions:

  1. Zest and juice one whole orange, half of a lemon and chop up a whole apple. Additionally, if you like nuts and raisins you can also add a cup of toasted pecans and 1/2 cup 
of raisins.

  2. Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add your rinsed cranberries to the saucepan.

  3. Return to a boil, then lower the heat so the liquid simmers. You will hear the cranberries start to pop as they begin to cook down.

  4. Once they stop, add 1 cup chopped apples, a 1/4 cup of Grand Marnier, the orange juice, lemon juice and zest you prepped earlier along with 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg.

  5. Cook for about 15 mins. Remove from heat and let sauce cool. Transfer to a serving dish and place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be served cold or at room temperature.

Variations:

Add 1 cup of pecans

Add a 1/2 cup of raisins

 

Which ever method you choose to pick for your holiday gathering we wish you many epicurean delights this season!

 

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Today’s blog is dedicated to family, the traditional Thanksgiving feast and decorating the holiday table.

 

The Thanksgiving table setting is as important as the day itself. You want a simple, yet elegant décor, with name tags strategically placed for each unpredictable member of your family, as well as for your supportive friends.

 

Let’s talk hypothetical family for a minute. And to my real family: rest assured these personas are works of fiction that I pulled out of my creative left ear.

 

You have the sister who masquerades as a wine connoisseur (but is really just a wino) who brings a cheap bottle of champagne/ sparkling wine blend. The “oh I’m off carbs” claimer who eats more stuffing than anyone else, and the mother-in-law who has no filter who is happy to point that out. You also invited your left wing BFF who will inevitably collide with your right wing father in a political food-for-thought fight. All of these dearly beloved relatives and friends can spell disaster at the dinner table.

 

I can’t provide a bulletproof way to provide peace in your family gathering this Thanksgiving. I can, however, provide you with an easy to make Epicurean Delights table-scape that will offer a warm fall feel to your Thanksgiving table, and one you can re-use next year.

 

My daughter Michele, cleverly used Cake Flower Spikes by Wilton to hold the flowers. This made it easier to insert into the hay bales due to the point on the end of each spike. She's always looking for ways to use things she already has laying around that may not even have been intended for what she ultimately uses it for.

 

Supplies: For those of you who are Amazon prime members, we have linked the supplies below to our Amazon store. Happy shopping!

 

Thanksgiving Table Décor

  • Decorative bale of hay

  • Fall leaves

  • Ornamental corn on the cob

  • Fall table runner

  • Assortment of fresh Fall flowers (You can also use dried or silk flowers)

  • Fresh greenery (leaves)

  • Wilton Flower Spikes

  • Fresh pumpkins, medium to small

  • Fresh gourds, multi-color

  • Vases for flowers

  • Glue gun

Directions

  1. Trim the flowers and greenery, allowing for a 6-8 inch stem.

  2. Place the individual flowers into the Wilton Flower Spikes with a little bit of water in each one to keep your flowers fresh.

  3. Repeat step 2 for the fresh greenery.

 

 

 

 

4. Insert the flowers and greenery into the bale of hay.

5. Use the glue gun to attach fall leaves to the base of the bale of hay.

6. Repeat this for as many bales of hay you wish to have on your table runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Take the remaining flowers and greenery and place in small vases and arrange on the table.

7. Arrange the pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn along the table runner.

8. Scatter fall leaves on the runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now is the time to get creative! Add candles, your favorite fall decorations and let your imagination go wild. The table-scape you create can span multiple tables. It can be big enough to keep those unpredictable family members separated so you all can have an Epic Delights Thanksgiving experience!

 

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