By Ann Pittman
December 13, 2011

We’ve been invited to another virtual potluck! FoodNetwork.com and their blog, FN Dish, asked us to participate in a virtual cookie swap. For this sweet get-together, I’m bringing our Iced Sugar Cookies, with two fun variations—Gingerbread Cookies and Pecan Cookies. The sugar cookie recipe is a classic: buttery, short-textured cookies with icing for decorating. I am a bona fide cookie decorating junkie—I love finishing a brown-hued reindeer cutout with red “sugar pearls” or dragees to turn them into Rudolph cookies! Oh, and my kids and I get giddy over stringing sprinkles or sugar pearls along a Christmas tree cookie to look like garland. This recipe includes a great secret for icing that sets up firm: stirring in a little egg white powder, available in craft stores or on the baking aisle of larger supermarkets.

With just a few tweaks to the basic dough, you also get fragrant Gingerbread Cookies (think beyond the classic gingerbread people and do gingerbread pets, trees, and stars) and Pecan Cookies, which are something like nut-flecked shortbread. Those are my favorite to eat—crisp, not too sweet, and perfect with a cup of coffee… or that glass of milk left out on Christmas Eve.

Check out what some of your favorite food sites are bringing to the virtual cookie swap:

All You Magazine: Oprah.com: Gilt Taste: Liquor.com: 58wang: MyRecipes.com: Food52: Cooking Channel: BlogHer: CafeMom: The Daily Meal: Food Republic: EatingWell: Redbook Magazine: Gourmet Live:   AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Fox News: Epicurious: Big Girls Small Kitchen: FN Dish: Food & Wine: YumSugar: Yahoo! Shine:

 

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