Ornamental cookies for Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly! At this time of the year, it's fun to figure out new gifts to give to those we appreciate. Our family loves giving and receiving cookies, but quite a few of those we cherish don't have the privilege of eating without checking for allergens, such as gluten, nuts, eggs and dairy, not to mention food colorants, to name but a few of the major food groups we process into Christmas cookies. So this year we thought it might be fun to create cookie-shaped ornaments instead! It's the same basic procedure as creating cookies, expect, of course, they can't be eaten...

So we chose our cookie cutters, bought some clay, rolled it, cut it and dried it. Roll. Cut. Dry. Repeat. Until it was ready to be painted. This process took about 2 days in total, with drying time. To shorten drying time, we also tried placing this air-dry clay onto large cookie sheets, covered in parchment paper and baked them in an oven on 200 F for 1-2hrs (or until dry ... if it's raining it takes longer). It worked really well. But if time isn't an issue and your climate is dry, then air-drying the clay cuts out a whole step and is very effective too.