Christmas Cookie Decorating 101

Christmas Cookie Decorating 101

Some of the cookies best loved at Christmas time are the ones that are richly decorated. Everyone loves sprinkles, sparkles, and frosting in happy, bright colors. If you want to decorate your own batch of delicious and beautiful Christmas cookies this year, here are some tips to get you started.

  • Cookie decorating is supposed to be fun. Don’t aim for perfection. Just do your best and see what kind of results you get. Remember, the cookies that you see in stores are done by bakers who’ve had years of practice. You’re just starting out, so give yourself some time to learn.
  • Anyone can decorate cookies with a little know how. Children love to help out. Make a festive occasion of it. Set out all your supplies and let the fun just happen.
  • There are a few kinds of decorations you can place on cookies before they bake. These include sprinkles, jimmies, candied sugars, and silver and gold balls (called dragees) as well as nuts, dried fruit, and chips. You can also mix an egg yolk with food coloring to paint designs on your cookies.
  • The rest of the items you’d use for decorating need to be applied to cookies after they have come out of the oven and cooled.
  • If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can easily make one. Cut the corner off a large zip lock bag. Fill with icing and this will work as a vessel for putting on icing.
  • Color your frosting with food coloring. You’ll need much more than you think. For example, to make red, you’ll need many dots of red food coloring or the frosting will be pink. If you are going for deep, rich, dark colors, you’re better off using icing coloring from a candy supply or craft store. The pigments in these specialty colors will make for darker colors.
  • If you want to make your own icing, it’s easy to do. But store-bought icings will save you time. Get a few tubs of white icing and you can add whatever colors you like to it.
  • For spreading icing, you’ll need an offset spatula. This is a spatula that’s got a step built into it so that it’s the right shape for smoothing out icing. Get one at a craft or kitchen store. It will make your cookies’ surfaces smooth out easier.
  • Put your supplies into small bowls on a table. Get creative with your designs. You don’t have to color Santa hats red and white. Use any colors you like. Make festive designs or polka dots. The more creative, the better.
  • After you’ve spread the icing and sprinkled on the goodies, allow cookies time to set. Leaving them overnight is the best idea. That way they have a chance to harden enough so that you can pack them.
  • When you are ready to store them, place layers of wax paper between the cookies inside a plastic tub that has a tight-fitting lid. Layer the cookies until an inch or so below the top of the container. Cookies can be frozen and used later in the month or if you refrigerate them, they should last a week or so.
  • If you really like decorating cookies, don’t limit yourself to just the Christmas holidays. Try your hand at Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, and birthday cookies as well.  Every day is a perfect day for decorated cookies!
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