Prickly Pear Christmas Cactus Blossoms

Don’t worry about pricking yourself on these Prickly Pear Christmas Cactus Blossoms when you reach in—the prickly pear syrup makes for a unique flavor profile that adds a fun southwestern touch.

Prickly Pear Christmas Cactus Blossoms

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

11 minutes

Serves

24 people

Don’t worry about pricking yourself on these Prickly Pear Christmas Cactus Blossoms when you reach in—the prickly pear syrup makes for a unique flavor profile that adds a fun southwestern touch.

With America enthralled in succulent fever, we thought it was only natural to pay homage to the beautiful Christmas cactus.

This recipe is part of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookie Jars series for the 2017 holiday season. To see more fun and festive Christmas cookie recipes, click here!

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons prickly pear syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 8 tablespoons warm water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prickly pear syrup
  • As needed red food coloring

Preparation

For the cookies:

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Mix vanilla, brown sugar, prickly pear syrup and butter together.
  • 3 Add in eggs and blend well. Gradually add dry ingredients.
  • 4 Portion tablespoons of cookie dough on cookie sheets.
  • 5 Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 9 to 11 minutes.

For the frosting:

  • 1 Combine ingredients, add red food coloring to desired shade, and pour over cookies on a wire rack.
  • 2 Glaze will run off and evenly distribute across the cookie once they are flooded.

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