Saturday, December 27, 2008

After Christmas Cookie

I'm sad to say that the Christmas Cookie Countdown is done for the year, but all good things come to an end, right? Not to say that the cookie posts will stop, because I've still got plenty to post, and lots more cookies I want to bake throughout the year =) Today is a cookie that takes a little work but ends up looking almost as good(if not better) as a store bought cookie, and probably tastes a whole lot better too! Just make sure you follow the directions carefully, so you're hard work will pay off! They are supposed to resemble a Poinsettia flower, which is usually associated with Christmas--but I think you should make these little gems all year long! And the cool thing is, the flavor comes from gelatin mix, so you can use raspberry, cranberry, or strawberry.(I used strawberry) You can also get creative for what you want to use as the inside of the flower; I used gumdrops, but you could do a couple yellow sprinkles or whatever else you have lying around. Good luck with these!

Strawberry Poinsettia Blooms

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

Prep time: 25 min -- Start to Finish: 1 hr 50 min


3/4 c butter or margarine

1/2 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 box(4 serving size)strawberry gelatin

1 egg

2 c all-purpose flour

1 box of gumdrops


In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, gelatin, and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or with a spoon. On low speed, beat in flour.

Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Heat oven the 375 F. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart. With sharp knife, make 6 cuts in top of each ball about three-fourths of the way through to make 6 wedges. Spread wedges apart slightly to form flower petals (cookies will seperate and flatten as they cook).

Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and edges begin to brown. Cool 2-3 minutes, then press a gumdrop into the center of each cookie. Cool completely--about 15 minutes.

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