Christmas is almost here! Which means it’s time to reveal our 2017 Christmas cookie design! I was so excited when I found out the US Postal Service released The Snowy Day stamps this year, so when it was time to design our cookies, I couldn’t think of a better theme than the classic children’s book. So, without further ado, here is our take on The Snowy Day Christmas cookies.
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If you don’t know, I majored in Literature in college, and I have a particular fondness for children’s books. Our house is bursting with them, and I can never pass up an opportunity to buy more, so you know my kids will find some under the tree this year. [amazon_link asins=’0140501827′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’byambershands-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8b09b01f-e4de-11e7-8afc-c9558111fa62′] The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats has always been a favorite of mine, with its bright, bold illustrations and warm story about a boy waking up to the first snowfall. It reminds me of the magic of snow and the way that children can find wonder in the smallest of things. What better reminders for Christmastime?
Because of the bold illustrations with simple shapes, I thought these might be simple cookies to make, but I was wrong! Because the shapes are simple and bold, you really have to get them just right. It probably also was made more difficult by the fact that my sister had given birth only two weeks before we made these!
We also ran into some icing consistency issues. We planned on using exclusively 20-second icing on these designs, but I think in reality a lot of the colors ended up as 15-second icing. If you’re not familiar, the number of seconds listed refers to how thin the icing is. 20-second icing is icing which, when a small amount is lifted and then drizzled back onto the rest, will settle back into itself in 20 seconds. I prefer using 20-second icing for most things, but because ours ended up a little thinner, we had some trouble with it spreading out beyond where we wanted it.
But OMG how cute is this little guy? Snow angel.
Snow on rooftops.
And the ever-iconic footprints in the snow. Do you love The Snowy Day?