Holiday Cookie Decorating

 

Here at Krusteaz, when we think winter holidays, we think COOKIES! There’s no easier, tastier way to involve the kids in holiday preparation and create a new family tradition. Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix, Gingerbread Cookie Mix and Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix help you make classic holiday treats. They’re super easy to prepare – just stir in softened butter and an egg – and they’re ready to bake. But what really makes cookies special this time of year is taking the extra step to decorate them. You don’t need to be a trained pastry chef to make cookies look extra special. In fact, leave this step to the kids while you manage the hot cookie sheets.  We’ve got a couple of easy tips to ensure even the youngest chef in your kitchen can be successful.

A few things to have on hand: small ramekins or bowls, food coloring, toothpicks for fine detailing, tweezers for placing decorations, craft paintbrushes.

One of the simplest, prettiest ways to decorate cookies is by topping them with colorful sprinkles. Sprinkling cookies or rolling them in sparkling sugar before they are baked are the fastest, easiest techniques to add a fun and festive look.  If the kids are little enough that shaking sprinkles on the cookies ends up with more sprinkle than cookie, put the sprinkles in a little bowl and let them take  pinches of sprinkles and dust the cookies.  If you prefer sprinkling them after the cookies have cooled, you’ll first need to ice them and add sprinkles while the icing is still wet.

Easy make-at-home sprinkles:  divide 2 cups granulated sugar into several small bowls; add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bowl; stir well to distribute the color evenly.

Another easy-as-pie trick, let the kids paint the cookies! Set up a station with parchment-lined baking sheets for them to work on, make a thin glaze out of powdered sugar and water, add food coloring, pass out the paintbrushes and let them go. You’ll end up with beautiful, unique “watercolor-inspired” cookies.

Easy make-at-home glaze: place 2 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar in a medium bowl, add water or milk, a tablespoon at a time, until glaze is desired consistency. Divide the glaze into smaller bowls and add food coloring as desired. Then either brush glaze on or use an off-set spatula or butter knife to ice cookies.

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