Sweeten a classic pairing. Skip plain milk in favor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry milk. For a bit of old-fashioned flavor, serve it up in retro milk or soda bottles, or even Mason jars.
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Before everyone arrives:
Cover your tabletop with white butcher paper so cleanup is a piece of cake.
Set out your spread of delicious trimmings and colorful icing.
Calculate three to six cookies for each child to decorate however he or she chooses. (You'll pack up the extras for them to enjoy later.)
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Help Kids Decorate
Use the icing to "glue" on the candy and the sprinkles (as in the photo).
Or completely outline the cookie with Wilton Icing Writer, then flood the center with white icing, heated in the microwave briefly to soften. Follow up by spraying the iced cookie with Wilton Color Mist food coloring to achieve an allover hue.
You can also adorn the cookies with polka dots or stripes by sprinkling confectioners' sugar through a spatula.
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Package the Cookies
Once the edible masterpieces are complete, send each child home with a batch of treats. Let the icing set for about 45 minutes, then pack the cookies in bakery boxes, taking care to layer the cookies with wax paper so they don't stick together.
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What You'll Need
Here's everything you need for the party:
Bakery boxes: Buy them from a local bakery, or order from New York Cake Supplies (from $1.30 each, 800-942-2539).
Cookies: At least three dozen medium-size gingerbread or sugar cookies (see the recipes, or buy them at a bakery).
Decorations: Stock up on confectioners' sugar and such favorites as chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, gumdrops, licorice laces, and M&M's. Order colored sanding sugars, specialty sprinkles, and unusual candies from economycandy.com, fancyflours.com, and indiatree.com.
Icing: Wilton makes ready-to-use Cookie Icing ($4.50) and Icing Writer ($2.50) in convenient squeeze bottles, as well as Color Mist food-color spray ($3). All are available at wilton.com/store.