Edible Ornaments

Combine two festive holiday traditions into one for a treat that is both great for eating and gifting this season. Making DIY edible ornaments are a fun (and delicious) way to deck the halls while filling your home with the sweet smell holiday baking. It’s a thoughtful present for the dessert lovers in your life and would be a hit at a holiday cookie swap. This easy to make Christmas donut cookie recipe checks all the boxes. The finishing touch is tying a pretty red string around cookies and hanging them up on the tree.

Donut Cookies

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup powdered confectioners’ sugar
2½ cups all purpose flour

Icing

1 cup powdered confectioners sugar
2 tsp milk
4 tsp light corn syrup
Red and green food coloring
Sprinkles, festive colors

Directions for Donut Cookies

1. In a large bowl mix together oil, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder and confectioners sugar until creamy and smooth. Add the flour and continue mixing until smooth.

2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. You can also refrigerate it overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Scoop a tablespoon ball from the dough and roll it into a ball.

5. Roll the balls into ropes, about four inches long and half-inch in diameter. Shape the dough into circles, connecting the two ends with a gentle push. There should be a small hole remaining in the middle of the dough to make them resemble a donut.

6. Place the cookies on the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart as they will expand. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until they turn golden color on top.

Directions for Icing

1. Put a half cup of confectioners’ sugar into two small bowls.

2. Add one tablespoon milk and two teaspoons corn syrup to each bowl.

3. Stir until you have a soft icing that will spread. If it’s not easy to spread, add a little bit more milk.

4. Add a couple drops of food color to each bowl, stirring until the color you want appears. If the color isn’t as intense as you would like add a couple more drops of food coloring.

5. Dip the top of each cookie into the icing, or using the back of a spoon to ice the cookies. Immediately add sprinkles on top.

—Recipe by Brooklyn Farm Girl;
www.brooklynfarmgirl.com

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Cyndi Zaweski is the editor of Anton Media Group's special sections.

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