I made another double batch – this time sugar cookies. What a lot of work! Make the dough, chill the dough, roll and cut out the dough, chill it, bake it, cool it, decorate it.
I used this Joy of Baking sugar cookie recipe and also made the accompanying Royal Icing (with meringue powder). The double batch made about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
I used the tree, gingerbread man, snowflake and star cookie cutters.
I was using gel/paste food colouring and it’s a lot more intense than I anticipated. The trees are more of a green than the turquoise. I have no idea how I ended up with royal blue for the gingerbread men.
The snowflakes are not white, they’re more of an icy blue.
I read a few different methods of decorating the cookies – the fancy way is to use thicker royal icing and pipe all around the edges of the cookie to provide a border; then thin the icing out and “flood” it to cover the surface. The other way was to use a thin icing and simply dip the cookies into the icing. This way was messy, but quick.
Finished my list of “to do’s” for today; have another long one for tomorrow!