Sugar cookies are a favorite Christmas treat. Of course, not all of us are master decorators and we're often a bit scared to share our decorated sugar cookies with friends and family. The truth is that you don't have to be a professional decorator to create sugar cookies that are pleasing to the eye. There are several simple tricks you can use to decorate sugar cookies.
Colored Sugar Adds a Festive Touch Without All the Work
Whether you're cutting out sugar cookies or not, colored sugar is a simple trick to decorate cookies. If you do decide to roll out sugar cookies, you can add colored sugar before you lift your cookie cutter from the dough. Simply shake on a colored sugar that matches the shape of the cookie cutter. For example, if you're cutting out a Christmas tree, use green sugar. Press the sugar down into the dough and it will stay in place, even when transferring the dough to a cookie sheet. If you prefer to roll sugar cookie dough into balls before placing them on the cookie sheet, simply dip the balls into colored sugar and place on the cookie sheet. You'll have festive cookies in a matter of seconds.
Frosted Cookies Don't Have to Be Complicated
We all look at holiday magazines and can't help but be wowed by the decorative frosted cookies. Obviously, the people that decorated the cookies for these photos were extremely talented. The magazines would lead you to believe that anyone could create cookies as intricate as those featured in the photos. If only it were that simple. The truth is it's not. Not only do you need a steady head, but you all need patience and a lot of time. These are traits that many of us lack during the holiday season. Don't fret though. Frosted sugar cookies can be beautiful and simple. The key is to stick with round sugar cookies. Then all you have to do is frost the cookies with icing and add colored sugar or Christmas themed sprinkles. You don't have to worry about creating cookies that look like Santa or a perfectly decorated Christmas tree.
Edible Images Are Festive and Super Simple
If you want to wow your guests, order custom edible images. There are many companies online that will create edible images using your own images. Then all you have to do is place the images on frosted sugar cookies and allow the cookies to set until the frosting penetrates the image. This will prevent the image from feeling papery on the tongue. If you're short on time, you can also purchase edible images that match your holiday theme.
Food Markers Are Fun and Great for Kids
If you want to get the kids involved in the holiday baking, grab some food markers. These markers use food coloring to add color to simple sugar cookies. This is a great way for kids to decorate cookies without getting discouraged. If you have cookie cutters that press an imagine into the cookie, kids can color those cookies as if they were a page in a coloring book. Don't think that these markers are just for kids though. Adults can also use these markers to create intricate designs of their own on rolled sugar cookies.