You’ve decorated your Christmas tree, picked out your Christmas cards and started shopping for gifts. What’s next?
Christmas cookies, of course! Cookies are the perfect way to gather all of your loved ones. Whether you are sending invitations for a Christmas pajama party, a gingerbread house decorating party or a cookie exchange, or looking for perfect stocking stuffers for your plaid Christmas stockings, these cookies are bound to be a hit at any kind of Christmas party. Plus, if any of them love decorating, this is the perfect opportunity to spend a fun day together coming up with fun Christmas cookie designs. If you want to pay homage to your furry friend this year, this is the perfect way.
Making the Perfect Icing for Decorating a Cookie
Making icing for decorating cookies seems pretty simple. But when it comes to piping, the icing has to be just right. A standard recipe for icing is the following:
- 2 tbsp meringue powder
- 8 oz powdered sugar
- ¼ cup lukewarm water
- 2 drops of food coloring to start, then slowly add more until you reach your desired color
Whip these ingredients in your stand mixer, starting on the lowest setting. Then, ramp up the speed until you reach your desired consistency. The icing should be creamy and smooth, but thick enough to only come out when squeezing the piping bag.
When the Icing is Too Runny
If the icing is too runny, it will bleed through the piping hole and won’t allow for precise decorating. Plus, it will create a mess. To thicken icing, you can add two tsp of cornstarch or ½ a teaspoon of confectioners sugar.
When the Icing is Too Thick
Icing that is too thick will get stuck in the piping bag and will leave large blobs on your cookie. To soften, add ½ tbsp of water in intervals until it’s 12 second icing.
How to Decorate a Corgi Christmas Cookie
Who can resist a corgi in a Christmas sweater? Below you will learn how to pipe a corgi Christmas cookie. Whether you’re looking for fun cookie recipes to make, or you’re hosting a cookie exchange party, you can get creative with cookie designs this season. It’s easier than you think.
You will need:
- Three piping bags
- Green or red icing
- Tan icing
- White icing
- Blank corgi-shaped cookie
- Scriber needle
Step 1: First, start by outlining your corgi’s sweater. Fill a piping bag with icing in your desired color. Then, pipe a thin sweater shape around the cookie, as pictured below.
Step 2: Add thick layers of icing onto the corgi sweater by squeezing the piping bag a little harder than you did for the sweater outline. With a scriber needle, gently start spreading the icing to the edge of the outline.
Step 3: Fill in fur with tan color by adding a thick layer of icing on the cookie and spreading it with the scriber needle. Then, take your black icing and cut a very small hole on the bottom of the piping bag. Use this to add the nose. The icing will need to dry for about seven hours before you begin the next step.
Step 4: Once the icing is dry, take your red icing and pipe along the edge of the sweater again. Then, take your white icing and create your snowflake accents–start by creating a cross and then add one right diagonal line followed by a left. The icing should be the consistency of the glue you used in grade school.
Step 5: Repeat a couple more snowflakes and voila! Your corgi cookie is complete.
Christmas cookies are ideal for any Christmas event. You can gift them to friends, serve them at your next gathering or send them along with your kids for their teacher. Use one of our personalized tea towels to wrap them up nicely!