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Christmas & Holiday Baking Seminar

Welcome to my blog! Thanks to those of you who came out to a wildly successful seminar. I hope you got a lot of great information out of it! I’d love it if all of you sent me pictures of the cookies you make this year (tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @RealLaurenRenee or you can email me info@laurenrenee.com)

Below you’ll find the recipes I recommended using as well as a video showing how I decorate cookies (in case you couldn’t see or in case you couldn’t make it!) Plus a gallery of cookies!

Sugar Cookie Recipe

(recipe from unknown source)

2 sticks of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla̧
2 3⁄4 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cream together butter and sugar
Scrape down bowl
add egg and vanilla
Scrape down bowl
Add 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 cup of flour
scrape down bowl
Add 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 cup of flour
Scrape down bowl
Add remainder of flour until a ball of dough forms
Separate dough into two discs and set one aside

Roll out cookies on a heavily floured surface to 1/8 or 1⁄4” thick

Press floured cookie cutters into dough
Use spatula to move cookie before removing the cutter
Place onto cookie sheet at least 1-2” apart. More room is necessary for thicker cookies

Bake for 6-7 minutes on center or top oven rack. Be overly cautious the first time using only one cookie sheet at a time in the oven, keeping an eye on them after the 5 minute mark.

Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before attempting to move.
Using a spatula move cookies to cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing Recipe

(Recipe from Alton Brown at Food Network)

3 oz pasteurized egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar

Add egg whites to mixer and mix on medium until frothy
Add vanilla, mix another minute longer
Add powdered sugar slowly remembering to scrape down the bowl often.
Once all powdered sugar is added, turn to high and let run for 5-7 minutes until glossy and thick.

Don’t be afraid to have fun and be creative!

Here are the pictures of today’s cookies!  (click here for pictures of other cookies)

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What is your favorite Holiday cookie to make and are you going to make some of these?

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