There are a couple holiday traditions that I can't let slip by even though I am strapped for time. Making holiday cut-out cookies is one of them. As I've mentioned before, they are my favorite cookies, but they also make great gifts as well.
I did simplify this year by only making one shape -- these cute mitten cookies. I think the trick to these cookies is finding the right balance between pretty, sturdy and yummy. I've had some beautifully decorated cookies that don't taste so good. Lots of time the frosting, or royal icing in some cases, is rock hard. Sure, it makes for a smooth finish, but it's not quite so tasty.
Find my recipe here.
Creating the packaging is just as much fun as making the cookies. I found this tin at Jo-Ann craft store. Not only do I love the the color, but I love that it has a clear top so you can see the contents. With the addition of decorative parchment paper, some pretty ribbon and a simple tag, I've got a great handmade gift to give.