Holiday Entertaining: Miniature Snowmen Sugar Cookies

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Holiday Entertaining

The Technique 

Miniature Snowmen Sugar Cookies

Miniature Snowmen Sugar Cookies pair well with a variety of traditional shapes & colors of Christmas cookie musts. Decorated Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies prepared with molasses for distinctive taste & Miniature Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies offer a complimentary contrast in flavor while Sparkling Gold Star Sugar Cookies, Miniature Gold Star Sugar Cookies & Gift Box Sugar Cookies complete with a bright red fondant bow lend fresh takes on festive baked goods. The new collection of candy canes which includes Classic Candy Cane Sugar Cookies, Holly Candy Cane Sugar Cookies featuring Green Vanilla Frosting & Swiss Dot Candy Cane Sugar Cookies showcase larger sizes comparatively. Once these Miniature Snowmen Sugar Cookies have been added, the holidays simply come to life. Today’s tutorial focuses on the technique of using two sharply contrasting colors over a cookie. Learn how to decorate beautiful cookies with design elements that last over time.

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Miniature Snowmen Sugar Cookies

makes 10 dozen

1/4 recipe Classic Sugar Cookie dough
1/2 recipe Classic Royal Icing
Black food coloring paste
White food coloring paste

Prepare the Classic Sugar Cookie dough as directed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut 1 1/2 x 1-inch snowmen shapes from the dough & place 1/4-inch apart on parchment paper-lined half sheet pans. Re-roll the dough scraps & repeat the process. Bake, in batches, 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Cool completely.

Prepare the Classic Royal Icing as directed. Transfer 1/4 of the icing to a small bowl & tint with the black food coloring. Cover the remaining icing with a damp paper towel in order to prevent a crust from forming over the surface. Add a smidgen of additional powdered sugar or a droplet of water to the royal icing, if necessary, to thicken or thin it 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. 00 tip & twist the end closed. Set aside.

Tint the remaining Classic Royal Icing with white food coloring paste. Place a bit of the icing into a piping bag, refilling as necessary, fit with a No. 5 tip & twist the end closed. Pipe each circle of the snowman shape filling in with the icing. Use a wooden pick to pop any air bubbles. Let stand 8 hours. Pipe the hat shape of the snowman using the black Classic Royal Icing, then add a scarf & 3 dots to resemble buttons. Let stand 1 hour.

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How To Flood Snowmen Sugar Cookies With Contrasting Colors

Before beginning, look to The Basics: How To Tint Frosting For Decorating Sugar Cookies. Although Classic Royal Icing is used in place of frosting, the concept is the same. When using ultra dark food coloring paste such as black & red, it will require as much as half to one full container for just a small amount of icing in order to achieve the proper saturated coloration. Therefore, it’s important to make certain the cookies are flooded in two distinct stages to prevent the darker hue from bleeding onto the lighter shade over time.

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A few pieces of equipment will be necessary in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Her’s what you should know.

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No. 1

Tint the remaining Classic Royal Icing with white food coloring paste. Place a bit of the icing into a piping bag, refilling as necessary, fit with a No. 5 tip & twist the end closed. Pipe each circle of the snowman shape filling in with the icing. Use a wooden pick to pop any air bubbles. Let stand 8 hours. 

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No. 2

Pipe the hat shape of the snowman using the black Classic Royal Icing, then add a scarf & 3 dots to resemble buttons. Let stand 1 hour. The cookies will still look their best several days after decorating without any colors bleeding over surfaces. Use this same concept for Swiss Dot Candy Cane Sugar Cookies & Holly Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

The Tune
“The Christmas Song” Aretha Franklin
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