Last week I posted the “perfect sugar cookie recipe.” If you remember, we made them back in October, placed them plastic freezer bags, and froze them until this week. Now it’s time to frost them!
My daughter came home from college last week and I always like to save the decorating until she gets home. She enjoys helping and we have lots of fun. This week we spent two hours decorating 50-60 cookies. We were so organized that it went very well. Here’s how we made the job a little easier:
1. We begin by browsing the Internet for decorating ideas/designs. After we chose some designs we liked we drew them on paper so we would have a pattern to use. This was by far the best idea we had.
2. Next we got all the decorating supplies out, including pastry bags, tips, food coloring, sprinkles, offset spatula, and toothpicks. This really helped us and saved time. We weren’t looking for tips or tools once we starting piping them.
3. We began with a double batch of butter frosting. After it was made we divided it into 4 bowls, making red, green, and white colored frosting. We saved one bowl for extra in case we needed more of a color. Some people like to use Royal Icing but my Butter Frosting keeps the cookies tasting great!
4. We covered every cookie with a base coat of red, green, or white. We iced every cookie with a cover coating before we began adding the details. Then we began piping the icing onto the cookies using the designs/patterns we had made. As we handled the bags of icing they got warm and start to melt (disadvantage of Butter Frosting) so we rotated them through the fridge to keep the icing stiff and easy to pipe.
5. Once the cookies were finished we placed them on a rack and put them in the freezer to harden quickly. Once they were hard we placed them in airtight storage containers in layers divided by wax paper to protect them. It is critical to use wax paper to divide the layers, otherwise the cookies chip or stick together.
Our cookies are finished and ready to eat! We will store them in the freezer for a couple of days to keep them fresh. Our children will be excited to see this years cookie choices. If you recall, I made about 10 cookies recipes back in October and stored them in airtight containers. I can’t wait to put together the cookie trays and share the goodness. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!