Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Cookie Inspiration

Every year, I traditionally make oversized, decorated sugar cookies for family, friends, and guests during the holidays. I was inspired to take on this tradition after watching Martha Stewart bake and decorate sugar cookies on her television show in 1994. 

In 1995, the first of the oversized copper cookie cutters were made available through Martha by Mail.  The Moon and Star cookie cutter set, was one of the most popular sets ever produced for the company and is the most sought after set by collectors today  (Martha by Mail ceased operations during the first quarter of 2005).

For the last two years, I've made oversized snowmen cookies.  This year, I'm inspired by the 20th anniversary of Martha Stewart Living and the very first set of copper cookie cutters, the Moon and Star.  My original set of Moon/Star cookie cutters will be put to good use this year as I create 'anniversary' celebration cookies perfect for the holidays. 

In her second Christmas book, "A Handmade Christmas," Martha featured the moon and star cookies as a theme for a well decorated tree.  To this day, the tree is one of the classic images I remember most from Martha Stewart Living.

What will you be baking this year?


mike said...

How astronomical! What wonderful keepsakes - can't wait to see the finished product. You're so talented with the piping bag! What am I baking....? There's not enough room here in the comment box. :)

Elaine said...

I've always loved that picture of the moon and star tree.