Mickey's Holly Leaf Christmas Cookies
Looking for a fun and festive addition to your family's Christmas cookie recipe collection? Branch out with a batch of these berry merry holly treats. Your resident elves will have a blast sprinkling the tops with sparkly green sugar and adding the candy Mickeys.
- Mickey's Holly Leaf Christmas Cookies Template
- Batch of sugar cookie dough *
- Green food coloring
- Disposable food preparation gloves (for kneading food coloring into the dough)
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin
- Kitchen knife
- Baking sheet
- Wire cooling rack
- Confectioners' sugar
- Small Bowl
- Pastry brush
- Green colored sugar
- Small tube decorating icing
- Small chocolate candies with red shells, 2 sizes (such as M&M's and M&M's Minis)
* Note: Homemade sugar cookie recipes tend to work best for these cookies. If you don't already have a favorite, try a Classic Sugar Cookie Dough recipe that's especially tasty and reliable.
If you choose one of the ready-made refrigerated doughs sold at grocery stores, keep in mind that they tend to spread. You may want to knead in additional flour to stiffen it and then bake a single cookie to see how the dough holds up. If it still loses shape, try kneading in a bit more flour and then chilling the cookies before you bake them.
1. Print the template and cut out the leaf shape.
2. Knead green food coloring into the dough.
3. Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the plain dough 1/4 inch thick. Use the template and a kitchen knife to cut holly leaf shapes from the dough. Then use the knife to score a center vein in each leaf.
4. Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet and bake them according to the recipe directions. Allow the baked cookies to cool briefly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Make a glaze by mixing 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 2 to 3 teaspoons water in a small bowl. Brush a little glaze on the center of each cookie leaf and sprinkle on a pinch of green colored sugar.
6. Add a holly berry Mickey to the base of each leaf by using decorating icing to stick on a red-shelled chocolate candy topped by a pair of smaller red-shelled chocolate candies.