I’m just thrilled to be part of the Holiday BAKE, CRAFT, SEW Along! Isn’t it nice to take a break from the heat & humidity and think of Christmas?!?
While you might not want to start on this cookie project in JULY, I hope it gets you thinking, “cookies.” Cookies decorated with royal icing can be frozen…so bake up plenty in November and you’ll be ready for holiday gift-giving!
Cookies are the ultimate DIY gift! Who doesn’t love a cookie? They make perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and family.
I’m going to share with you a simple and fun decorated Christmas cookie idea.
First, you’ll need a Christmas light cookie cutter (check craft stores, kitchen stores and even the grocery store) and cookie dough. Here is the recipe I use, but I won’t tell if you buy it from Pillsbury.
Once your cookies are cooled, make up a batch of royal icing and tint in the colors you’d like. (I used AmeriColor Gel Paste food colorings in egg yellow, super red, leaf green and regal purple.)
Now the fun begins:
- With a #4 icing tip, use a zig-zig motion to make the light bulb base in yellow (AmeriColor Egg Yellow).
- Using a #2 tip, outline the bulb shape in color of your choice.
- Thin the bulb color icings with water, a little at a time and stirring, until they reach the consistency of thick syrup. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest several minutes.
- One color at a time, stir gently to break up large air bubbles that have risen to the surface. Transfer icing to a squeeze bottle.
- Fill (or flood) in the outlined area. Use a toothpick to guide into edges and fully cover.
- Let dry at least one hour.
- Again with the #2 tips, add a little curved line for detail on the bulb.
Stop here, they are perfectly cute OR the next day….
…mix a meringue powder with equal amount water (such as 1/2 tsp of each). With a small or child’s paintbrush, paint the mixture on the line detail and shake on sanding sugar (turn upside down to remove excess)….
…OR, coat the entire bulb with the meringue powder/water mixture and shake on sanding sugar.
Hey y’all, if you’re here for Mouthwatering Mondays please still link up your posts! However, I HIGHLY encourage y’all to visit the other blogs participating in Handmade Holiday, you may be inspired to try something new! Especially, go visit Bridget’s blog!
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