I had a wonderful time in Kansas with Karl and his family. I did a fair amount of cooking, but I don’t have any new recipes to share with you all right now. However, I have a very special family recipe in the works, thanks to Mama Uhlig.
Ten days in Kansas flew by so quickly. For Christmas Eve, we are always at Grandma’s. There we set up the Nativity, sing Christmas carols, and eat a delicious meal. I look forward to her ham, cheesy potato casserole, and green bean casserole all year long. We spend Christmas day with the Nelson’s (Mama Uhlig’s side of the family). This year, instead of hosting them at Karl’s house, we traveled a short distance to the little town of Little River, KS (population 549) to celebrate at their home.
A few days before Christmas, I made more sugar cookies to hand out as gifts, and I had help from two elves – Karl and his younger brother Evan. We made and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. This time I was able to spend more time decorating, and I think they came out so well!
Recipe here: Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.
Here are my decorating instructions for my cookies:
- Divide the icing in half. Store half in an airtight container then set aside, and leave the other half in a bowl to work with.
- Stick a wooden toothpick into blue food coloring, then stick the toothpick into the icing. Repeat this step seven times, using a clean toothpick each time to achieve the light blue shade in my cookies below. Blend the coloring into the icing with an electric mixer.
- Insert the Wilton 2 tip into a piping bag, then add 1/3 of the blue icing into the bag. Neatly outline the border of each cookie.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of warm water to the remaining blue icing and stir until smooth. Pour the icing into a large ziplock bag or piping bag, then snip off a corner or the tip. Place a dollop of icing onto the center of the cookie, then use a toothpick to help the icing spread. Because the icing dries quickly, completely spread the icing on one cookie before moving onto the next.
- Clean and insert your Wilton 2 tip into a new piping bag, then add the remaining white icing into the bag. Finally, design to your liking!