Holiday Baking Party ft. Penguins

For the past couple weeks, the house has become a holiday bakery.

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The routine has become something like.. eat, sleep, work, bake or decorate and repeat!

I’m sure most bakers would agree that it can get fairly exhausting at times, especially trying to finish a decorating project at the late hours of the night where you know you should be sleeping. But in the end it’s all worth it, right? Yup, because you get to see your family and friends chow down (and enjoy) your hard work! I love browsing through different holiday recipes – so many to choose from. The number of recipe bookmarks of cookies and desserts that I’d like to try is ginormous and growing but for some reason, I keep coming back to two classics: sugar and gingerbread cookies. Should have started the holiday bakery earlier to squeeze in all the other recipes!

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While wasting time researching on Pinterest, I came across a number of super adorable holiday cookie designs using cutters that I already had. I find it very exciting to recycle classic shapes, because it saves you both time and money from having to go search for a cutter or figure out how to make the shape yourself! Big thumbs up. The first cookie design I tried was this penguin.

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Super cute, fairly simple and you can use a circle cutter of whatever size you’d like. I started off by piping a circle of white icing, then piping the “McDonald’s M arch” with black. Let this dry for a bit, then flood the upper portion with black icing. Again, you’ll want to let this dry before flooding the white, as black icing tends to bleed into other colors when wet. Once the flooded white color is almost or completely dry, add on the details – eyes, nose and the optional holly. I personally really like the holly because it gives the penguin a bit more color and a holiday feel.

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  Good luck!

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