If anyone knows me, they know I completely SUCK at decorating. And I don’t use the word suck lightly. It’s something that I only recently decided I wanted to learn. I love baking cookies, eating cookies, creating new cookie recipes, experimenting with cookies….so I guess it’s only natural I should learn how to decorate them. So, it is now actually one of my goals for 2014… To become a better cookie decorator. Watch out royal icing I’m coming for you! For a while I really didn’t have a ton of interest in learning to decorate cookies because most decorated cookies never tasted that good and if I’m going to eat a cookie it better taste good…right? But then I saw these Hello Kitty macarons from Crumbs and thought, “who cares?! these are so freaking cute they could taste like rocks and I would LOVE them…plus I wouldn’t want to eat them because they are so freaking cute!”
I’m not even a Hello Kitty fan…in the least bit….it kind of annoys me to be honest but these cookies make me forget the beef I might have with Hello Kitty because they are just so darn cute!! And they converted me into a believer that decorated cookies definitely have a place in my cookie world. So I decided my first attempt at decorating a cookie would be something super simple and easy that even I could it. And decorated snowflake cookies was perfect! It’s super simple and so beautiful when they are done. The best thing about them too is that every snowflake is different which the beauty of a snowflake so you don’t ever have to be perfect in your decorating skills!
The first thing you need to make decorated snowflake cookies is to start with your favorite sugar cookie and snowflake cookie cutters. I recently submitted a sponsored guest blog post for Betty Crocker so I actually used their sugar cookie mix and they came out perfect! If you under-bake them every so slightly they still work for decorating and they taste pretty good too! You’ll then need to whip up a batch of royal icing to decorate your snowflake cookie. In addition to the sugar cookie mix that Betty Crocker sent for the guest post, they also sent tubs of their frosting. So I actually used the frosting to make royal icing. I will post how I did that shortly but I basically just added powdered sugar and water to thin it out a bit and obtain the hardening you want royal icing to have when it dries. But if you just want to make a batch of royal icing it’s really just egg whites and powdered sugar with vanilla or lemon for flavoring. Here’s a great royal icing recipe from one of my faves Alton Brown.
So now let’s decorate snowflake cookies!!
1.) First you will want to draw long X’s to each of the corners of your cookie. I pooled the icing at the top a little to create a little ball at each top too.
2.) Next draw shorter X’s in-between the longer X’s. You can choose to pool the icing a little at the top of these shorter X’s too for a little extra flare.
3.) Then create little V’s at the top of each of the long X’s. You can add just one or as many as you can fit in there. I could only really fit one because I cut the tip of my squeeze bottle so the icing was fairly thick.
4.) Then add on your sprinkles and any other decorations you want to use. Make sure you do this with the cookie on a piece of parchment paper or paper plate so they catch all the excess sprinkles and you can re-use them.
5.) Shake off any excess sprinkles. Use a toothpick to get in between the icing lines for a cleaner decorated cookie.
And there you have one of the simplest and easiest decorated cookies that look beautiful and super festive for the Holidays! What are your favorite decorated Holiday cookies?
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