I think the mittens and the candy canes were my favorite. I used a Christmas cookie cutter set that I have had for AGES for the shapes. I colored a batch of the stiff royal icing to outline, and then once they had hardened, I added water to the remaining royal to make it flood consistency. I colored them to match the outlines, filled squeeze bottles, and went to town.
The mittens were fairly simple. After I flooded the red and white into the mitten and allowed them to dry, I piped white stiff royal on top.
Here's the recipes I used for the cookies and for the icing. If you're planning on making shape cookies, this is the all time go-to recipe. It doesn't spread when baked, so your cookies retain their shape.
No Fail Sugar Cookies – NFSC
- 6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups sugar (white granulated)
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1 tsp. salt
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
- Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)
- Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350
- degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe
- can make up to 5-dozen 3 cookies.HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess — Rather than wait for your cookie dough to
chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper.
Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop
it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have
used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to
cut. Reroll leftover dough and repeat the process! An added bonus is that you are not adding
any additional flour to your cookies.
I got my royal icing from Bake at 350. Actually, I get a TON of my recipes there. She rocks :) She even has picture directions, so you really have NO EXCUSE not to make these cookies!