The Essential Guide For Decorating Sugar Cookies


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The Essential Guide For Decorating Sugar Cookies

When a fool proof polvoron or sugar cookie dough has been prepared, the decorating options are endless. Pans of Polvorones AmarilloTri-Color or Polvoron Trebol, Polvorones Con Aroma A Naranja & Galletas Con Grageas to more traditional favorites including Classic Sugar CookiesChocolate Sugar CookiesPumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies & Gingerbread Cookies may be styled however you so please. A few basic fundamentals are all that is necessary in order to get started. The Essential Guide For Decorating Sugar Cookies is a quick reference that may be used when getting ready for upcoming holiday baking. Learn how to navigate some of the most iconic finishing touches to make certain your crafting is on task. 

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How To Decorate Sugar Cookies

Most everything lovely that comes out of your kitchen begins with planning & logistics. From curating the finest ingredients to making certain supplies are available to create beautiful & delicious cookies, many tasks must be taken care of before baking can even begin. Specially prepared baked goods make lovely offerings to guests when entertaining. When it comes to decorating holiday cookies for your celebration, it’s important to know a few basic fundamentals so that the best choices may be made in order to highlight the event.

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Decorating sugar cookies are a fun project that may be planned anytime of the year. From tinting dough to adding sprinkles, learn the best ways to achieve gift worthy results.

No. 1

The Food Coloring Paste

Food coloring paste is an ingredient that may be found from most super centers, craft stores & cake decorating supply shops. The consistency is thickened compared to general food coloring liquids available from grocery stores however the hues are more saturated than gels. Use a wooden pick to collect the amount you would like to begin with. Knead or stir it into doughs & icings. If additional tinting is desired, insert a new wooden pick in the container. Make certain to close the lid well & jars may be stored at room temperature up to one year.

No. 2

The Egg Wash

The egg wash is an essential bakeshop mixture that may be used to create a sheen to items or to help dragees, sprinkles & sugars to remain in place once baked. Although an egg yolk & a smattering of cream is ideal for use over breads & rolls for seeds, I find a slightly different formula works better for cookies due to the additional fat & sugar in them which promotes browning. Try either a whole egg & a bit of water or even just the egg white & water. Decorating may also take place after baking so be certain to use meringue powder & a little water instead which is an acceptable food safe route to take.  

No. 3

The Sugars

A variety of sugars may be used for decorating cookies. Granulated, powdered & colored sugars whether coarse or fine in texture all produce unique results. Sometimes sugar may be sprinkled over cut dough without an egg wash, then again once they are removed from the oven & they will adhere just fine. Other times an egg wash may be desired. Allow individual recipe applications to guide you.

No. 4

The Sprinkles

Multicolored dragees & sprinkles do vary brand to brand so be certain to look for those that have a noticeable high gloss sheen. The color will not bleed & will hold up better during baking. An egg wash will be necessary in order for them to stick. I recommend one prepared with a whole egg & a smattering of water for the best results.

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