8 Decorations and Tools for Holiday Cookies
Festive Winter Sprinkles
Boughs of holly aren’t just for decking halls―they’re cute on cookies, too. For a wintry wreath, edge a round sugar cookie with white icing, then sprinkle with India Tree’s red and green Boughs of Holly Decoratifs, shaking off the excess. For detailed accents on gingerbread houses and sugar cookie trees, use tweezers to set individual “leaves” and “berries” in place.
To buy: $5.50, cheftools.com.
Hate rolling out dough? Real Simple is giving away five Kuhn Rikon Cookie Presses. Use it to create more than a dozen playful shapes, including candy canes, stars, and wreaths. Just insert a decorative plate, load the dishwasher-safe tube with dough (try Real Simple’s Basic Sugar Cookie Dough) and squeeze.
Enter here for a chance to win one of the five cookie presses. And be sure to come back tomorrow and often; we’ll be giving away something great in each Daily Find from now until December 15!
To buy: $30, surlatable.com.
Mitten Sugar Decorations
All-Natural Decorating Sugars
Add razzmatazz to cookies with coarse colored sugars. Free of artificial dyes, Nature’s Colors Decorating Sugars by India Tree get their vivid hues―think spring green, periwinkle blue, and raspberry red―from natural sources like paprika, turmeric, and vegetable juice. Tip: Before sprinkling the sugar, brush your dough with a wash of egg whites to help the granules stick and to add extra shine.
To buy: $6.50, cheftools.com.
Foolproof White Icing Mix
Confectioners’ sugar and water make serviceable icing, but for truly impressive results, try this King Arthur Flour White Icing Mix. Put it in a piping bag to outline a Santa or a reindeer (it also works as gingerbread house “glue”). The professional-grade product gives cookies the smooth, glossy glaze that makes gourmet shop treats so special.
To buy: $5, kingarthurflour.com.
Children may sing of dreidels made of clay, but gingerbread ones will be mighty welcome. This Crate & Barrel 3-Piece Hanukkah Set includes cutters in the shape of the Star of David, a menorah, and a dreidel. Serve the cookies unadorned, or fancy them up with white icing and glittery blue and white sanding sugars.
To buy: $4, crateandbarrel.com.
Vivid Food Coloring
For the most intense icing colors, skip the supermarket food coloring and try gel paste Ateco Spectrum Food Colors. They’re highly concentrated, so just a drop or two goes a long way to create saturated colors. The set includes six basic colors in easy-to-squeeze bottles.
To buy: $11.50, cheftools.com.
Disposable Piping Bags
A step above jerry-rigged icing bags made from sawed-off sandwich bags, these sturdy Wilton Disposable Decorating Bags let you embellish cookies with enviable precision. And with 12 to a pack, there are enough for a rainbow of colors. For fancy icing, add a metal tip to the bag. Use a no. 2, the best all-around size for cookies.
To buy: $4, wilton.com.
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