Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snowflake Cookie Designs

Like I posted yesterday, I think one of the best things about Christmas cookies is using the same cutter to make multiple different designs.  A round cookie can be an ornament, a penguin head, a peppermint.  A duck can become a Santa (as I happily proved this year).  And just like the real deals, each snowflake can be just a little bit different.

With the right mix of time and patience, you can make some pretty elaborate cookies.  The fast way is the top left.  For this, all you need to do is outline the cookie, let it sit for five minutes or so (typically however much time it takes you to outline the rest of the ones you made) and then go back and fill it in.  A little sparkly sugar sprinkled into the wet icing gives it a beautiful snowy look.  Check Hobby Lobby or a local cake shop for various sugars, glitters, and other useful shenanigans this holiday season.

On other cookies, like the bottom left, you may choose to come back and put think snowflake lines over the base icing once it is completely dry and stick an edible pearl in the middle.  You can often find cute decorations like those at stores like Meijer and Wal-Mart.  You always want to stick them in when the icing is wet.

Alternatively, you can make wide snowflake legs like the bottom right and stick a pearl in the middle after the base coat is dry.  This actually was one of my favorites of the batch.  To make the top right snowflake, I did almost triangular shapes at the points, with spokes going to a large hexagon in the middle in white.  I came back once that was dry to outline the points, line the spokes, and outline the center.  Stick the white pearls in the blue outline.

This is a great way to be able to still use cookies that maybe bulged out a little more than you expected so that they don't look so out of place.

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