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How to Decorate Warm Woolen Mitten and Painted Candy Cane Cookies

These adorable treats are much easier to make than you think—just ice, apply candy decorations, then sprinkle with a final sweet garnish.
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WHAT YOU NEED

  • sugar cookies
  • red cookie icing
  • white cookie icing
  • icing bottles ($20; sweetdanib.com)
  • offset spatula
  • large sugar snowflakes
  • large tweezers ($10; sweetdanib.com)
  • paper plate
  • coarse sanding sugar in red
  • red and green sugar disks (a.k.a. quins)
  • white nonpareils
  1. To decorate the mitten cookie: Using a bottle filled with red icing, outline the cookie, leaving a slight border from the edge of the cookie.

    Tip: Using an icing bottle with a tip gives you more control. You can also buy pre-packaged tubes of icing at the supermarket.

  2. Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in.

  3. Using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly.

    Tip: Shake the cookie after smoothing out the icing to eliminate bumps and allow the icing to settle.

  4. Using tweezers, place the sugar snowflakes at the bottom of the mitten.

  5. On a paper plate, sprinkle the cookie with red sanding sugar, making sure to cover the icing completely. Shake off the excess sugar.

    Tip: An inexpensive paper plate is best. Conserve the excess sanding sugar by bending the plate and pouring the sugar back into its original container for future use.

  6. To decorate the candy cane cookie: Using a bottle filled with white icing, outline the cookie, leaving a slight border from the edge.

  7. Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in.

  8. Using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly.

  9. Using tweezers, place the sugar disks down the center of the cookie, alternating colors.

  10. On a paper plate, sprinkle the cookie with white nonpareils, making sure to cover the icing completely. Shake off the excess nonpareils.

  11. Let cookies dry for 12 hours.

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