This holiday season here at KAF, we've been making merry with our delightful new cookie cutter, a classic roly-poly snow globe. I can't begin to tell you the fun we've had creating our own versions of these kitschy vacation souvenirs. In fact...
We've had so much fun we've decided to make it a part of our customer service holiday party, and let everyone have a chance to make one.
Wait. Let me back up and start at the beginning. First, you have to meet Brook.
Brook works in on our product development team, finding and testing so many of the great products we offer. I've known Brook for a long time, and she's always been one of the most creative and unique people I've known.
Besides sewing her own clothes, making her own jewelry, creating costumes for local high school productions, and baking amazing gluten-free treats, Brook has been designing our cookie cutters for several months now. (No, this is not a staged photo. Brook really does dress like this everyday. Her vintage outfits are fascinating, and we look forward to them each day.)
I'm always so excited to see her new creations and squeeeed with joy over the snow globe when she showed it to me.
Isn't it great? We made dozens of blank cookies with our Holiday Butter Cookie recipe. Then we whipped up a big batch of Royal Icing, and donned our aprons and thinking caps. Here are just a few of the cookies we created:
Our color scheme was blue, white, and yellow, but we just couldn't resist the bright new fondant colors, so we made some of those, too. By the end of the day we were covered with sparkling sugar, edible glitter, and happiness.
Here's one I made on the side, not related to our holiday theme at all:
I couldn't resist using our Foodoodler markers for some really fine detail work. While you may think it's a tribute to the movie, I really based it on part of the Great Movie Ride at DisneyWorld. Just let the icing dry to a firm layer, and color away!
Well, enough about us. We'd LOVE to have you join in the fun and make your own snow globe cookies. We know not everyone will have access to the copper cutter we're selling, so here's a quick tutorial on how to make your own snow globe cookie shapes.
First, search your cookie cutter drawer for some round cutters.
For each globe, cut one large circle for the globe, and one smaller circle for the base. Slice the base cookie in half, and use the edge of your smaller cutter to remove a semi-circle from the base of the large circle.
Join the two together and smooth out the joint. I'm not sure why I was being such a messy baker, getting crumbs in my dough, but do try to be neater than me for a smooth cookie finish.
No round cutters? Check the fridge and shelves for round lids. Yogurt, sour cream...
...and mayo all worked quite well.
Bake the cookies until golden brown, and cool completely before icing.
If you want to flood the entire cookie with icing, start by outlining, and then fill in the whole area with slightly thinned icing. Let dry for several hours before continuing.
If you want to add designs on the plain cookie, that works well, too. For a really bold look, try outlining your design in black first, letting those lines dry completely before moving on to the details.
Flood one color at a time, drying between colors
A toothpick or cocktail stick is a great tool for spreading icing into tight spaces.
SO... are you ready to join in the snow globe adventure? GREAT! Because we've decided to host a snow globe decorating contest! You can enter a photo of your decorated snow globe cookie on our Facebook page. A panel of judges – including myself, Brook, and Wilhelm, our new pastry chef at the bakery – will pick our three favorites, and those folks will win some really great prizes, including a copy of our popular cookbook, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion.
Click here to see all the fine print details. We're so excited to see all the entries. The contest is open to all ages, all skill levels, and all snow globe lovers. Show off your skillz and be part of the wiggly-jiggly swirl of fun.
*Does it have to be a snow globe? Well, to win a prize it would have to be some sort of snow globe, but we'd love to see any pictures of your cookies.
*Does it have to have a holiday/Christmas theme? Not at all. Bring on your best from the Boston Skyline to the Eiffel Tower to beautiful downtown Burbank, we want to see them all.
*Does it have to be edible? Yep, it does. We are a baking blog, after all. :)
*Can my kids enter? Yes, the contest is open to all ages.
Entries must be submitted by Dec. 18. Cookies will be judged by our panel of King Arthur experts on creativity, execution, and representation of the snow globe theme. A grand prize winner and two runners-up will be notified on December 19 and asked for permission to post their cookie photo and name on our King Arthur Facebook page.
Winners will be publicly announced on December 25 via our email newsletter and on Facebook.
1stplace: $100 gift card and a personally autographed copy of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook.
2ndplace: $50 gift card and a personally autographed copy of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook.
3rd place: $25 gift card and a personally autographed copy of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook.