I started by blending the dry ingredients together, and then sifting them twice.
I also cubed the butter while it was cold, let it warm and soften, then added that to the bowl.
I did want them to have some texture though, and thought about using a fork, but I decided to use the wire mesh strainer instead. Next time, I'll press a little harder to give it more definition. I did like they way they looked. A few days later I was at a gourmet shop/cooking school and noticed they has a whole display of cookie "pressers" with various Christmas designs. They were cute, but a tad overpriced.
My kids love jimmies, sprinkles, coloured sugars oh, just about anything you can top a baked good with. They insisted the cookies would be horrible without some toppings. Here's what we had:
|Clockwise from top center: red & white sanding sugar, gingerbread men sprinkles, red & green jimmies, snowflake sprinkles, red maraschino cherries, green maraschino cherries, Hershey's Kisses & in the middle: praline pecans.|
I topped the cookies before baking. Hey wait a minute - where are the Hershey's Kisses? Oh, right I had peeled a few, but they fell. Into my mouth. So I peeled a few more, and they fell. Into kids' mouths. Then I decided to bake the cookies, peel a few more Kisses, and top the cookies when they came out of the oven.