These Elf Cookies are so much fun!
First, print off the pattern for the cookies from the PDF link, and cut out the pattern for the cookies.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, and mix until well blended.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix again.
Add the vanilla and blend. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt, and then add a little at a time until all the flour is added, and well blended.
Place the dough on a floured surface, and flour a rolling pin.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour on top of the dough, and roll the dough to a thin layer.
Using the printed design, lay the design on top of the dough, and cut around the design with a sharp paring knife.
Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and bake for about 12 minutes, at 350 degrees, or until cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges.
Let the cookies cool completely.
While the cookies are cooling, make the icing.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, blend the cream, vanilla and corn syrup.
Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until it's all been added, and blended.
If the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, if it's too thick, and a few more drops of cream, starting with two or three drops.
When you have the desired consistency, divide the icing in two large bowls, and one small bowl. Use the larger bowls for the red and green icing and the small bowl for the white icing.
To color, the icing, start with about 1/2 a teaspoon of the gel food coloring and mix well. If the color is too light, add a little more and stir well until you get the color desired.
No food coloring is added to the white icing. If desired; You can place the white icing in a squeeze bottle for easy decorating.
When the cookies have completely cooled, decorate with icing. Allow icing to dry, or set.
Serve, and Enjoy!
If you're decorating these with a group of kids or friends, you can make the cookies ahead of time, because they need to completely cool before you ice them. The squeeze bottles can be found at craft stores or some stores. Most grocery stores also carry them on the aisle where you find the Utensils and gadgets. It makes it much easier to dot the cookies or stripe the cookies with the squeeze bottles.