Saturday, December 17, 2011

25 Days of Christmas, Day 17: Buttercream Frosting

We decorated our sugar cookies last night. I had intended to do it today, but; I have a full schedule of errands to run and both children had made "social plans" so, last night seemed like the better option.

In order to get into full cookie decorating mode, we popped National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation into the dvd player and, I must say; there is nothing quite like decorating cookies while various members of your family quote a movie word-for-word.

When the movie was over and we still had half a dozen cookies left to do; we put A Christmas Story in and the movie quoting continued. I came thisclose to putting It's a Wonderful Life in but; that is my "sitting on the couch with a glass of wine" holiday movie and we wouldn't want to jack around with tradition.

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
1/2 tsp butter flavor (find it in the baking aisle or order online from
4 cups sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
2 Tbsp milk
Assorted food coloring (I use Wilton cake coloring because I think it produces deeper hues than regular food coloring but either will work)

In a large stand mixer, cream shortening with vanilla and butter flavor. Slowly add powdered sugar, allowing mixture to blend thoroughly between additions. Add milk and continue mixing until frosting is the desired consistency, adding milk if frosting is too stiff and looks dry. Divide frosting into bowls, add coloring and mix well.

Speaking of tradition; Hugh and I engaged in Cookie Wars again this year. We chose to compete on our snow boy/Santa cookie and, I think I can say without prejudice; my cookie was the clear victor.

I didn't even have to cheat.

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