I am really loving the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. Not only am I having fun posting about a different treat each week, but I’m feeling totally inspired by what everyone else is coming up with. This week, my recipe isn’t new, but a couple of the techniques I used to create the cookies are – I’m talking about decorated sugar cookies, of course! I always use the same foolproof recipes for vanilla bean sugar cookies and royal icing that I’ve already posted about here, which originally come from the queen of cookie decorating herself, Bridget of Bake at 350. Once I had the cookies and icing ready though, the rest was easy!
Since this cookie cutter was a little bigger than what I normally use (it’s one of the Wilton comfort grip cutters), I got a little less than two dozen cookies instead of the usual three dozen I get with my smaller cutters. I used orange food coloring to outline and fill them, but not a lot, since I wanted them to be a little on the pastel side.
For the sparkles, I followed Bridget’s lead and painted over the cookie with a small paint brush using a mixture of water and meringue powder where I wanted the lines to show up. Shake the sprinkles on, then shake the excess off (I shook mine off over a paper towel, which I then used to siphon them back into the jar). Then, inspired by Jen’s decorated pumpkin cookies, I colored some of my royal icing a pastel leaf green, colored in the stems, and made some random swirls over the tops of the cookies for the pumpkin vines.
So cute and so easy! Since I know I’m going to be making lots more of these (probably in the shapes of Christmas trees and wreaths), I packaged these up to give away for Halloween.
If you’ve never tried decorating your own sugar cookies before, I hope you’ll give these a try!