Everything seems to be wrapped up in a bow at this time of year, from presents to cookies to hair clips. A bow insinuates a gift of some sort, even if it is worn on a person’s head, in this case mine.
I couldn’t help myself…. a couple of months ago I was in sweet Bentonville, Arkansas with Walmart. As a Walmart Mom I travel there several times a year, and this time around I was there to learn about all the holiday cheer Walmart planned on providing to their customers. One of the many exciting activities Walmart plans for us is a crafting activity, where we get to choose a fun craft to take part in. This year you could make a blanket, wreath, ornament, or hair clips. It all looked interesting but for some reason the cute bow tie hair clip seemed like my cup of tea. I sat right down and got started… minutes later I had a cute bow tie hair clip in my hair (pictured above). I thought this is a great gift idea to make for friends. They sell all the supplies at Walmart, it’s so reasonably priced, and it’s a gift from the heart… The best kind. Maybe I got a little carried away, here’s what happened…. A couple of days ago I ran across my festive bow tie hair clip I had made and remembered that I wanted to make some as gifts. I ran out to Walmart to buy the stuff, and while I was there got caught up in the baking aisle looking at all the holiday sanding sugars, as I stood there I thought I should make bow tie cookies to go with my bow tie hair clips (instructions on how to make the hair clips are posted directly under cookie recipe) …. then I could have something for someone who either doesn’t have hair or doesn’t wear hair clips. Last I checked not everyone is into rocking a hair clip even if it does resemble a cute bow tie. Happy Holidays! Enjoy making little gifts for others.
Ingredients for bow tie cookies:
- 1 1/2 – cups confectioners sugar
- 3 – cups flour
- 1 1/2 – teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 – teaspoon salt
- 2 – sticks butter (1 cup, cold, cut into pieces)
- 1 – egg
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream + 2 tablespoons
- Melted butter (for brushing the tops of cookies)
- Green and red colored sugar
- Add confectioners sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt to a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine dry mixture.
- Add in butter pieces, and pulse until mixture combines and becomes crumbly.
- Remove mixture from food processor and place in a stand-up mixer.
- In a separate bowl, whisk egg and whipping cream together.
- Pour egg/cream mixture into flour /butter mixture.
- Mix until the mixtures combine and form a ball.
- Cover dough and refrigerate for a minimum of an hour or over night.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut the edges away to have straight lines to work with.
- Then cut 1/4 inch strips of dough with a butter knife.
- Pinch the strip together to make it look like a thick string.
- Place on a baking mat lined cookie sheet. Fold into a bow.
- Brush each bowl with melted butter using a pastry brush.
- Sprinkle the tops with sugar color of your choice.
- Bake for 11 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then place on a serving tray.