I can't believe I'm about to do a Christmas related post and we are only on the cusp of October. There's a good reason, I promise.
November 7th we'll be taking part in a benefit for the American Cancer Society, specifically "Relay for Life". Cookies and cupcakes will be for sale, but we will also be donating and decorating a tree for auction. We have a big tree, and plenty of ornaments will be necessary. I figured there was little sense in waiting, so I got started making cookie ornaments. It's an easy, fun and inexpensive way to decorate. You can make them too!
You will need very few items.
2 Cups flour
2 Cups salt
1 Cup water
A drinking straw
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Mix flour, salt, water and food coloring together in a bowl. Knead in a little more flour until dough does not stick to your hands. Roll a small amount of dough directly onto your cookie sheet. While cutting your cookie, remove surrounding dough from the cookie cutter. Repeat this process until all dough is used. Punch out holes for hanging with a plastic straw. Bake for 25 minutes. Test the cookies with a toothpick to see if they are hard. If your toothpick pierces the surface, return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes. After cookies are completely cooled, you may choose to varnish them (or not). If you are adding decorative sprinkles, you will need varnish. Matte or glossy both look nice. Sprinkles can be added before the varnish dries. I also chose to "frost" mine with white paint before adding varnish.