One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is the incredible cookies. Every time I go to a party or work there are holiday cookies, and I have plenty of people and events that I need to bake for. In years past I’ve just gone the old Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough route, but I usually get to the event and I’m disappointed in myself. There are so many amazingly cute and festive holiday cookies! That’s where our Pinterest Test comes in, this time it’s Holiday Edition.
While scrolling through Pinterest I stumbled upon these plaid sugar cookies. I felt that they looked adorable, and as if lots of work was put into them but that they would probably be in my wheelhouse. So, I set off for the grocery store and returned with everything I needed.
You will need:
One tube of pillsbury sugar cookie dough
A bag of powdered sugar (usually sold as 2lbs)
Red, Blue and Green food dye
You’ll notice that I used pre-made cookie dough. Honestly, if you’re anything like me you have a lot going on in your life. Cookie dough is a reliable way to start, after all, all the love and effort is going into your decorating. I also just made round cookies, due to the fact that I could not find any fun cookie cutters. At least you can rely on the fact that they’ll taste good! It’s pretty easy to follow the directions on the back of the tube to make your cookies, but in case you wanted to make them from scratch, I found this lovely recipe.
This is the recipe for the fast-hardening icing, with only two ingredients it’s incredibly fast and simple. In order to make the plaid designs, you frost the entire cookie in red and then use white, blue and green to make number signs. I was able to do it simply by following the picture as a guide. I even used my white, blue and yellow frosting to make Hannukah cookies too! After all, these were for a work event and many people seemed to appreciate it.
I would honestly score this entire Pinterest test very high. I had fun while making it and everybody loved the cookies, but how does it rank? For easiness I score this recipe an 8/10. If you’re making the cookies from scratch or children are frosting them, this might not go so well. But if you have the time and patience it really isn’t hard. When it comes to taste I give the recipe a 10/10, who doesn’t love a classic sugar cookie? Next, we have affordability. I spent under $10 total and the cookies were a hit at my work cookie exchange, I think that’s affordable and definitely worth it. Our plaid cookies get a 10/10 in affordability.
My favorite part about this Pinterest test was offering my friends and family cookies, and seeing the surprise and delight on their faces when they were frosted and festive. I also enjoyed the relaxing alone time as I listened to carols and frosted my cookies. I think this will definitely be a holiday tradition I keep in my life for many years to come.
Cover image via Pinterest, HomeMadeInterest.com
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