During the Christmas season, I love showing up on friends doorsteps bearing gifts of yummy treats. This year I wanted to try out something a little different with sugar cookies and make a sleigh filled with something special. My original idea was modified and slimmed down due to time and energy available. I always seem to have big ideas but no time to implement them!
To start, I cut out sleighs turning half of them over on the baking sheet from the orginal direction so I would have two front sides of the sleigh opposite each other. The sleigh needed a bottom, front and back which were hand-cut and measured. For these I did a 2 1/2 by 3 inch rectangle for the bottom. The front piece measured 2 1/2 by 2 inches and the back 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
After the cookies were baked and cooled, the sleighs, front and back pieces where outlined and filled with royal icing. Once that had dried, I added a second layer of piped royal icing around the edges of the sleighs only and then added the snow and other decorative pieces.
Once all the pieces have a full 24 hours to dry so the royal icing is hard, the sleigh can be carefully glued together with royal icing. I supported the sleigh between heavy boxes to dry so it wouldn't fall apart. Leave at least 12 hours preferably another 24 hours to ensure the icing is hard and has bonded the sleigh together. At this point I filled each sleigh with an additional treat of homemade truffles! You could certainly fill these with anything from more decorated sugar cookies to an non-edible gift.
Carefully package and deliver to friends and family!
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mohter, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, poening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh."