Sometimes I like to roll up my sleeves and tackle doing crazy designs on cookies. Executing the possibly impossible is rewarding, but triumphant moments also come from finding stupidly simple ways to make the cookies pretty.
It’s a lot like when you fall in love with an upbeat, dancetastic song on the radio that you can’t quite possibly get enough of, until someone on youtube does an acoustic cover — and you love the song in an entirely different way. Simple & pretty.
Using micro-decorations like sanding sugar is my favorite way to add texture. It looks like the cookies are outlined in crystal and sparkles in the light.
1. outline & fill cookie, let it dry for an hour, or when the surface of the icing is completely dry.
2. outline the cookie again
3. while the 2nd outline is still wet, cover the cookie with sanding sugar in the same (or at least simliar) color to the icing
4. tap the cookie lightly to dust off most of the sugar. Whatever falls off naturally is fine. Don’t worry about getting it all off yet.
5. let the cookie dry completely overnight
6. Take a paintbrush and dust off any remaining sugar.
Nonpareil is a good one to use for this, too!