There is still time to make this treat as a nice gift for any child. This year, I made some sleighs! You can involve your little ones like I did, by giving them some dough to make cookies with cookie cutters or helping with the decoration or filling the sleighs!
You will need:
- Your favorite sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe, or use mine
- Sleigh cookie cutters or a template. I will give the link to that at the end of the post.
- Your favorite icing, or use mine
- Candy canes
- Decorations such as colorful sprinkles
- Food coloring (optional)
- Little treats to put into the sleighs
I used my favorite cookie recipe which is egg-less:
– 370 g flour
– 165 g sugar which has been through the food processor or blender
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 225 g butter, cold
– 30 g cream cheese
In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients. Now add little by little the butter and knead with your hand. It will be a crumbled mix first. When you have added all the butter, mix in the cream cheese. Now, part the dough into two and wrap in clear wrap foil. Chill the dough for about half an hour. Roll the dough out as thin or thick as you like and cut out your cookies either with cookie cutters or using the template for the sleigh (which you can find here)
Put the cookies on a backing paper lined baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven for about 180 degrees C for about 8-10 minutes, until their light brown. Let them cool completely before decorating the cookies or assembling the sleigh.
For icing I used my recipe, but any icing you would like is fine. Even store-bought is great, as long as it is usable as “glue” for the cookies. My recipe is a little runny, so it was a little troublesome to assemble the sleigh. Maybe using some other recipe is better, but I like mine since it has no raw eggs.
To make my type of icing I use:
– 5-6 tablespoons of meringue powder (I buy meringues and powder it in the blender)
– 250 g confectioners sugar
– About half a cup of water
Use your stand mixer to mix all the ingredients, but add the water little by little to see how much it will take to have a thick icing. Thickness is crucial for using as glue, while thinner icing is used for decorating. If it gets too thin, use more meringue powder or confectioners sugar.
I assembled first and then decorated the cookies. It may not be the best idea if you want to make some more fancy decorations. I am a simple girl, so my décor is simple, too J
Follow these steps to assemble the sleigh.
Step 1: Let your pieces cool down completely
Step 2: Put some icing on the bottom of the sides pieces and glue the to the bottom piece. Hold for as long as necessary until they stay in place. Let it dry for at least half an hour.
Step 3: Put some glue on the three sides of the last pieces and slide them to the front and the back of the sleigh. They should be glued with a slight angle, so there will be more space for the candy. Keep them in place for 1-2 minutes and add icing if needed to close any gaps. Let it dry for at least 1 hour.
Step 4: Turn the sleigh upside down and glue on the two candy canes which you will have unwrapped before. Let it dry for half an hour and turn it on the correct side. Let it dry a little longer to be sure. I recommend putting the sleigh on a piece of cardboard for secure transportation.
Step 5: Decorate in any way you want. Let it dry and put in some candy.
Step 6: If you want, wrap it up and ready is your gift!
The template I found at Lila Loa, here. You will find also great step by step instruction to make their beautiful sleighs if you have the talent!
Here another photo with a cute idea:
Have fun making these!!! I wish to each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy these happy season to the fullest!