Cookie Decorator Icing
Nothing is better than decorated cookies for your Christmas platter.
A friend of mine did these cookies and hung them from her Christmas tree to share with anyone who visited her home during the holidays. She took the time to decorate each one individually and then would put them into cookie bags to hang from her special tree.
This icing is the type that you put on the cookie wet and it dries to decorate the cookie. I had a friend who would decorate her entire Christmas Tree with painted cookies using this icing except she had to use egg whites. The following recipe has been modernized with a new product called "Just Whites" that can be found in the baking aisle of the supermarket. You will also need food coloring for the desired colors you want on your cookies.
How to Decorate the Cookie
Make a think outline around the edge of the cookie. If you are using different colors work with one color at a time.
After the outline has dried, fill in the center with enough icing to put a thin layer on the cookie. Spread the icing with a toothpick.
If you are using different colors on sections of the cookie, repeat these steps until you have finished your cookies.
Ingredients and How to Mix
In a large bowl beat 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup "Just Whites" on low speed.
Slowly add 1/3 cup water and beat until blended.
Increase speed to high and beat for about 8 minutes until icing is thick.
Makes 2-1/2 cups of icing.
Coloring and Storing Icing
Separate icing into bowls and use Wilton's Food Coloring Paste to get the colors needed for your cookies.
Pour your colored icing into bottles.
You will need to store the painted cookies in a cool place but not the refrigerator as the icing will stick to the next row of stored cookies from the condensation.
For Valentine's Day an assortment of heart cookies decorated in your favorite patterns.
You can get as fancy as you want by using additional icing over the cookies to make patterns.
For Easter the theme is Easter eggs and spring colors. The cross cookie is an example of filling in the icing inside the border that was piped on.
Memorial Day and Fourth of July
For Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, without getting fancy you can do a tray of star cookies decorated in red, white and Blue. By arranging the cookies you get a flag effect.
What is better than a basket of fall leaves decorated to take to school for sharing with classmates.
You can pack them in a box or insert candy stick into each and display the leaves in a basket for each child to pick their own leaf cookie.
When done in a basket it can be used as a centerpiece for your table or as a treat for people who come to visit.