I’ve had a couple of ideas on how to make Pillsbury-style Holiday cookies. I shared one idea with you last week with my pumpkin cutout cookies. My other idea was to make slice and bake icebox cookies.
I started with some sugar cookie dough. I used Our Best Bite’s recipe, you could use any sugar cookie recipe (some might spread more than others).
I colored part of the dough orange using AmeriColor food gels. I might have chilled the dough at this point for a few minutes (I was working on 4 cookie projects at the same time, and I just can’t remember).
I then divided the orange dough into three pieces and rolled them into “snakes.” Next I carefully pressed the three pieces together to form a pumpkin shape. I let the dough chill for a while in the refrigerator (The longer you let it chill the better it will probably hold it’s shape. You could also put it in the freezer). Once the dough was solid, I pressed the remaining plain dough around the orange tubes and formed it into a log.
Next I wrapped the dough log in wax paper and chilled the dough again (This time using the freezer). I set the log on a kitchen towel in the freezer to help prevent the dough from getting too many indentations.
Once the dough was solid, I used a sharp knife to cut cookies that were about a 1/4″ thick. As you can see some of them held the pumpkin shape a little better than others.I baked them at 350°F until they appeared done. They will take a little longer to bake than regular sugar cookies since they will likely be colder.
The cookies didn’t quite turn out the way I had hoped when they first came out of the oven…some of them really didn’t look like pumpkins. So, I decided to outline them with Food Writers, and I was amazed how nicely they all came together.
I had to make a couple of jack-o-lanterns. Not the most creative carved pumpkin faces, but you get the idea.
I was beginning to like my first method better, but after drawing on the cookies…I decided this is definitely the way to go. Some of the pumpkins turned out a little wonky…okay most of them turned out a little weird here and there. But I kind of like the individuality of them all.
I’m already thinking of more designs for the upcoming holidays. Looking at this cookie pumpkin patch makes me want to take my little ones to a local pumpkin farm. What are your favorite Fall traditions?