I start with the basics and go over cookie recipes. Next I talk about choosing cookie cutters, rolling dough and baking the cookies. Then I’ll talk briefly about designing your cookie.
Run sugar is the most popular cookie decorating technique students want to learn. I’ll take you through different icing consistency and show you how to make your icing perfectly smooth. Then I’ll show you different outlining and marbleizing effects.
I’ll show you how to cover your cookie with rolled fondant and also how to add some cool textures.
Next I’ll talk about some feminine techniques like brush embroidery, eyelet lace, and a stained glass effect.
Our Day of Sharing is this weekend, December 6 and 7, at Country Kitchen. I’m demonstrating several decorated cookies, including these Santa beard and mustache cookies on a stick. I tested these exciting cookies on my nieces when we were celebrating Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend. They were a huge hit with the girls!
The cookies were cut using a mustache cutter from Fred set, and the santa beard, made from the pattern (pdf file here). Both were cut, then the mustache was placed on top of the beard and gently pressed to connect the beard with the mustache before baking. After the beard/mustache cookies were baked, I added extra icing on the back to tightly secure the stick to the cookie and added extra icing on the back to secure the seam of the mustache and beard. When cooled, the cookies were iced with white run sugar icing. When the icing was set, I piped details using tip #1.5, then flocked using white sanding sugar.
These Christmas tree treats in girly colors with sparkle were made for my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. Cayman, a great friend of my daughter and my sister-in-law, Kelly, decorated these treats. This was one of the two projects that got cut from the book. Buttercream is used to pipe leaves on the tree cookies (tip #352)and the tree cake (tip #366). The trees on the cupcakes are made using the tree cutter from the Winter Cutie Cupcake Set. Disco dust is used to provide the most vibrant sparkle. Disco dust isn’t food approved, so technically, the ornaments and star on the tree and the trees on cupcakes should be removed before consuming.
Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. Could it be because Halloween is in a couple days? Possibly, but it seems as though zombies dominate all areas of media throughout the year. My husband’s favorite show is Walking Dead. All four of my kids love zombie video games. I happen to have love zombie movies. One of my favorite all time movies is I Am Legend and I really enjoyed the latest zombie big pic, World War Z. On my retail website (Country Kitchen SweetArt) “zombie” is currently one of the top search terms. These cute, not scary, zombie cookies are perfect for celebrating the undead! They are baked using cookie cutters from FRED. Order them here, then decorated with run sugar.
The following Halloween projects are perfect for simple treats that kids can help make. Bright colors were chosen, but you can give the treats a spookier look by using black and white instead. This was one of a project that was cut from my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. My son, Simon and my mom decorating a skeleton face cake, skeleton face and pumpkin cookies, skeleton bone caramel pretzels, and pumpkin donuts.
I had a ton of fun writing this book. I was fortunate to have many of my friends and family willing to participate with their kids. I also had all four of my kids in the book. Even though my older boys were nearly 16, they agreed to be part of the book. Dan Brand was once again the photographer and did an amazing job photographing the kids and projects. He has quite a way with kids! Two of his own beautiful girls are in the book. The book contains a couple hundred photos, but Dan took thousands! I’ll post some of my favorites that didn’t make the book soon.