What’s better than whistling to Christmas tunes while you are writing your Christmas cards? A Christmas cookie! There is no need for a special occasion to whip these up. If you are longing for tropical weather during winter, a pineapple cookie is the way to go. Christmas cookie designs don’t have to be very traditional and if you’re looking for cookie exchange ideas, you can try something new. Adding fun twists to cookies is what brings joy to those who eat them.
How To Make The Perfect Icing
Icing is pretty easy make. One thing to keep in mind you are getting ready to pipe, the icing’s consistency has to be just right. Here is a standard icing recipe:
- 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
Use a standing mixer to blend all of the ingredients together, starting on the lowest setting. Once you’ve reached the color you want, increase the speed until your icing is creamy and smooth.
When the Icing is Too Runny
If the icing is too runny, not only will it create a mess, but it will run through the piping hole. If you want to thicken your icing, you can add ½ a teaspoon of confectioners sugar or two teaspoons of cornstarch.
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 Pineapple Christmas Cookie
Because sometimes the winter chill makes us yearn for some sunshine, a pineapple Christmas cookie is in order! If you really want to brighten someone’s day, make them a batch of these cookies and add a cute note that says “Hope Sand- A Clause brings you something tropical this Christmas,” Below, we will teach you how to decorate a pineapple Christmas cookie.
You will need:
- Four piping bags
- Green icing
- Yellow icing
- Black icing
- Red icing
- Blue icing
- Blank pineapple-shaped cookie
- Scriber needle
Step 1: Start by outlining the body of the pineapple, then fill it in with yellow. Use your scriber needle to spread the icing to the edge of the pineapple. Avoid filling in the leaf-shaped portion of the cookie with yellow.
Step 2: Outline the top of the pineapple with your green icing. Then, fill it in with icing and use your scriber needle to completely fill the top.
Step 3: Make sure the icing is completely dry before you begin the next step. It usually takes about seven hours for it to dry. Use your piping bag to add diagonal yellow lines to the body of the pineapple. Start with right diagonal lines, then left. Set aside to dry.
Step 4: With black icing, test the icing before you begin to ensure the thickness is exactly how you want it–not too thick and not too soft. Begin to draw your Christmas string lights. A slightly curved zig zag pattern is ideal when you’re drawing the strings. Add periodic black dots as tops for the colored icing “bulbs.”
Step 5: Add a colored icing “bulb” below each black dot. You’ll need a separate icing bag for each color. After you’re done with the bulbs, your pineapple cookie is complete.
Christmas cookies are a great gift for anyone close to your heart: friends, family members, teachers, and co-workers. If you are looking for creative ideas for wrapping these cookies, check out our personalized tea towels. Simply wrap the cookies, tie a ribbon along the top and they are ready to go.