There’s tons of fancy stuff on the web, like Sweetopia, that’ll learn you to make pretty things from cookies and royal icing. Who needs a dummy like me? Maybe you … more
There’s tons of fancy stuff on the web, like Sweetopia, that’ll learn you to make pretty things from cookies and royal icing. Who needs a dummy like me?
Maybe you do. Because I’m a dummy.
I can totally tell you how a dummy like me would make a Christmas tree made out of cookies – the super simple way. So you can take it easy. The holidays should be FUN!
Sweetopia is like a carnival! And it’s so pretty there. Marian Sweetopia is no dummy, I’ll tell you that. And she has long hair. I think that’s important. The people who teach you your fancy cookie-decorating lessons should indeed have fancy hair. I have nostalgic-for-the-70s feathered hair.
I started with two sets of rounds cut with each cutter in a set of fluted cookie cutters like these. Feel free to make just one set of cookies for a shorter tree. I’m tall (yes, really), so I needed a tall tree or it might be embarrassing.
I made tiny flower holes in the center of each cookie. It served no purpose. I don’t wanna talk about it. Do we have to?
Then I made royal icing. I used the recipe on Sweetopia (click thru & scroll down). I followed it to the letter. You mix it and mix it, and it looks like frosting.
And then you thin it with water, and it dribbles like this. Sweetopia has a whole 10-second rule. She’ll tell you.
At first, my icing was too thin and my lines were goofy. See how it runs. See how it runs.
I added some more confectioner’s sugar and mixed again. Just right.
And I used this little Decorating Pen Thingy. I wanted to try it out, instead of a piping bag. I kinda liked it. It was groovy. Less mess. It’s like a plunger, except that sounds gross but it’s good. And you can fit most other pastry tips on there.
I just made a zigzag pattern on the perimeter of each cookie with a plain #1 tip, dotted the fluted edges, and then stacked ‘em up. But do whatever pattern you like — just do it along the perimeter of the cookie so you can see the design peeking out when you stack the cookies.
So I dusted the whole thing with more powdered sugar.
It’s snowing on my tree. But you probably knew that. You’re no dummy.
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