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Rubber Bands are Essential Ingredients for These Festive Cookies

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas is one week away. As we were putting finishing touches on our decorations and planning festive menus to serve on our holiday tables, we came across a cookie recipe that we loved and wanted to share.

The best part: A rubber band is the secret ingredient behind these beauties. Here’s how you can make Christmas cookies at home that look like they came from a bakery.

(Image and recipe via http://www.celebrations.com/c/read/christmas-cookies-that-look-like-gifts-decorating-tutorial)

Ingredients:

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Royal icing
  • 1 1/2-inch square cookie cutter
  • White, red and green food coloring
  • 5 disposable decorating bags
  • 3 couplers
  • 2 size "3" decorating tips
  • 1 size "2" decorating tip
  • Rubber bands (Yay!)
  • Toothpicks

To create them, follow these directions:

  1. Roll out the cookie dough around 1/4-inch thick. Cut out in squares then arrange on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake. Allow them to cool completely.
  2. Make royal icing, divide and tint red, green and white. Prepare three decorating bags with couplers and tips. Fill two decorating bags fitted with size "4" tips with half of your red and green icings. Fill a decorating bag fitted with a size "2" tip with white icing. Close the bags tightly with rubber bands and cover the reserved red and green icing.
  3. Squeeze out a red or green outline on the cookies. Let it set for around 15 minutes. Thin both the red and green icings with water, a few drops at a time, stirring well, until the consistency is of thick glue. Fill two empty decorating bags with the thinned red and green icings then close them with rubber bands. Snip 1/4-inch from the tip of each bag and loosely pipe to fill the cookies with red or green icing. Let the icing flood to the outlines; use a toothpick as needed. Let it set for several hours or overnight.
  4. Add a white bow on the cookies and let it dry.
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