Pastel Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Decorating sugar cookies puts me in my happy place.  There’s just something cathartic about making and decorating your own creations.  In my previous life, a.k.a. BC–before child, as my in-laws say, haha–I would spend hours with multiple colors and design combinations, spending up to a whole Saturday decorating cookies.  However, because I now have a newborn to add to my already rambunctious toddler, having a few hours to myself is such a rare thing.  My hubby gave me a wonderful gift of a few hours on a Saturday morning, and a friend came over to decorate with me.  (She is one of my few friends who completely understands sugar cookie decorating without giving me weird looks.)  In years past, I have made these and these, but this year, I wanted to go lighter. 

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A few of them are from stamps, and I used my Kopykake, (boy, do I love that thing!).  I consider myself a quazi-artist, because I can make something if I can copy it, even if just slightly, but I am not good at free-hand at all.  Whenever I draw something for my students, which is rare because I teach English, they always question my pictures–is that a dog or a horse, I can’t tell.

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Originally, I was going to make them as ornaments and give as gifts, but I forgot to poke the hole for the ribbon before baking, so they were just simple cookies instead.  I found these neat boxes at Jo-Ann’s and decided they would be perfect to package my cookies. 

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To help keep the cookies fresh, I put them in cellophane bags and tied with a white ribbon.  Plus, they look cuter this way.

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If you’d like to make these cookies, I used the sugar cookie recipe from this book and the royal icing is from here.  I hope you have a fabulous Christmas season and bake and share some goodies for friends and with friends.  Enjoy! xoxo

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