In my summer job as cruise director for the hooligans, I spend a lot of time making them think the things I need done are really fun craft projects. Case in point…I needed these cookies decorated for this post, and they were already claiming to be bored a week into summer break, so I turned it into a family effort. Effort is an exaggeration…including making the icing, this took less than thirty minutes to complete. With the cookies already baked earlier in the week, that is.
How gorgeous are those? I first saw these in a Martha Stewart magazine a few years ago, and I’ve found numerous occasions that they’re perfect for (that Army life we lead, you know!).
The first step is to bake your cookies. These are some sugar cookies that Princess Thundercloud and I made for her kindergarten celebration at the end of the school year. We used our favorite recipe, which you can find here. Then I made some royal icing, following the directions on the can of meringue powder. You can find the powder anywhere you buy cake decorating stuff, even Walmart. The icing needs to be fairly fluid, but not so much that it runs off the sides of the cookies.
Anyway, next tint your icing however you’d like. We left the majority white, then added red and blue to small amounts. Put the small amounts in ziploc bags and snip a small corner off each bag. Here’s the supplies we used (we did this outside because it was a gorgeous day and I really didn’t want my kitchen messy).
You’ll need a bowl and wooden spoon that stretches across it, to easily dip the cookies in the main color, then skim off the excess on the handle of the spoon. See how here…it’s super simple.
In addition to the bags of colored icing, you’ll need toothpicks, wire racks with parchment or wax paper underneath to catch drips, and your cookies, of course.
Next, using a toothpick, slowly drag the toothpick from the center to the edge, then move a little way along the edge and drag the toothpick back to the center. Repeat until you’re all the way around. See…it’s simple!
The kids LOVE decorating cookies this way, and I love that their efforts almost always look fabulous. They occasionally get a little over-zealous and mix the colors too much so they look a bit muddy, but even those are still pretty.
My mom, my favorite GI Joe, and I made about 150 of these for his change of command ceremony in Wisconsin. And it was still SO much faster than any other decorating method. Ours looked a bit better than the kids (and more consistent), but, like I said, the kids are so impressed with their decorating abilities with these! Here’s a peek at the ones we made in Wisconsin:
Gorgeous, right? So go make some cookies and decorate them with your kids!