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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.

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

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
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    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. 2

    Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in.

  3. 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. 4

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

  5. 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. 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. 7

    Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in.

  8. 8

    Using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly.

  9. 9

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

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

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    Let cookies dry for 12 hours.

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