Holiday Entertaining: Decorating Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies

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Holiday Entertaining

The Technique

Decorating Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies

Once a foundation has been established, layers of gloss, color & texture can be added to make Christmas cookies come to life. Miniature Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies feature the technique of swiping an egg wash over the dough before baking them & the same concept may be used with more traditional sizes, too. Seasonal candies are a festive way to adorn the cookies plus mimic the spice notes in the dough for a flavor that compliments well. Royal Icing may be prepared, placed in a piping bag in order to attach them & offer personality. Get creative with your designs. Learn how to make a fun Christmas cookie the entire family will love.

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How To Decorate Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies

Prepare Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookie dough as directed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll each dough disc to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes with a 3 x 2 3/4-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Whisk together an egg with a bit of water in a small bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine wire mesh strainer. Using a good pastry brush, swipe the egg wash over the dough. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until puffed & set. Cool completely. 

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Whisk together 11 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon meringue powder & 1 tablespoon hot water in a small bowl. Tint with white food paste, if desired. Add a smidgen of additional powdered sugar or a droplet of water, if necessary, to thicken or thin the icing for the desired piping consistency. It should have a slightly whipped consistency in order to hold shape once piped. Place the icing in a piping bag fit with a No. 1 tip. Pipe small dots on the gingerbread cookies to resemble buttons. Top with cinnamon candies. Let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

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