Why do I decorate sugar cookies?
I almost loathe it because it requires perfection, a trait of which I am in short supply. It also requires back-bending concentration for hours on end. And it requires whipping eggs whites.
I think I do it because I feel like it is the “thing” at Christmas-time. Like, everyone’s family decorates those thin sugar cookies together. It’s weird that I think this because my family never did it. We do our Christmas cookies more like this.
Perhaps I do it because they end up usually pretty much as cuteness.
There are several different ways you can frost these. I tried out a bunch of ways this year based on my mood/event:
Way #1: Straight Up Royal Icing
No flooding on these babies, just classy piped royal icing and dragees.
Way #2: Royal Icing + Flood Icing
This is probably the most finnicky way. Plan out a whole day, so that you don’t stress out about being at fun things on time and then get impatient about your piping.
Way #3: Milk & Powdered Sugar
This is the quick ‘n dirty way of frosting cookies. For this batch, I made the glaze thick enough that I could spread it with the back of a spoon, which was the perfect method for the cookie-decorating party I was going to. However, if you are doing a seriously large batch, like the 500 cookies I made at school in England last year, you can go so far as to dunk the entire cookie in a thinned out glaze. Beware, your counters might look a bit like this when you’re through.
You could also try just dusting them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. I love the contrast of the dark cookie with white frosting.
The cookie recipe made over 100 cookies for me, providing ample supply for approximately 1 church event, 1 work event, 1 card club hosting and our family’s various cookie exchanges. They freeze well, so I just made a big batch of cookies one night, and then took them out in small batches to decorate and serve.
Go crazy, friends! You know, if you want to literally go crazy trying to decorate that many cookies. Might wanna halve this one, as it is only, oh, 5 days before Christmas.
Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
You can find Sweetapolita’s recipe here.
You can find a royal icing recipe on my blog here.
If you want to go the milk/p sugar route, just mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar with milk or water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until you reach desired consistency.