Saturday, 31 January 2015

Winter Scandinavian Style -Baking

Happy Saturday! Welcome to Day 2 of my Scandinavian inspired style projects. Yesterday on the blog I shared a winter floral arrangement, and today I'd like to share some sweet and simple snowbird sugar cookies. As I mentioned yesterday, we Canadians live in a Nordic climate, but we lack a strong Nordic culture. And we're definitely missing out on all that cool, minimalist Nordic style and design. So this winter, instead of merely suffering through the cold, I'm getting inspired by it. I'm bringing the icy winter landscape that lies outside my window, inside and incorporating it into my flowers, cookies and home decor. Yay for Scandinavian chic! Yay for January! Ok, I went too far with that last one... 

When I think of Scandinavian style, I think of whites and greys and unfinished wood. I think simple, minimal, effortless cool. There's something easy and approachable in the timeless style of Nordic regions and I've tried to capture that in my latest baking project. These snowbird cookies are made with my Best-Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe, and finished with a crisp white glaze. They're easy to make, even easier to decorate and the result is country cool.

So many of my baking projects revolve around holidays and special events. I thought it would be a nice change to make some 'just-because' cookies, some winter inspired cookies! I received this vintage birdy cookie cutter as a gift, but if you're looking for some fun cookies cutters that aren't necessarily holiday related, I recommend the Etsy shop, Sweet Estelle, for such ingenious cookies cutters as  cute little whales, pirate ships, rain clouds and ice cream cones!

To make the glaze for your snowbirds, sift 2 cups powdered sugar. Whisk in 5-8 Tbsp warm water, until you reach a consistency that is like cake batter, not too runny, not too stiff. When snowbirds have cooled, dip each one into the icing, shake off the excess, place on a cooling rack to dry. After one hour icing should be hard enough to stack cookies and store in tins.

See you tomorrow!

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