Decorated sugar cookies are SO fun to make, and it always baffles me as to why people typically reserve them for the holidays. I like to make sugar cookies for just about any party. When I spied some stick figure decorated sugar cookies in a recent newsletter from Wilton (yes, I subscribe to emails about baking…I'm a little obsessive), I couldn't wait to try my hand at them!
- Basic rolled sugar cookie dough chilled
- Edible color markers
- White cookie icing that dries stiff and shiny
- Gingerbread man cookie cutters
- Roll the dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thick, and cut shapes with gingerbread man cookie cutters.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown, or as long as recipe specifies. Let cool.
- Frost with icing and let dry for at least an hour.
- Draw stick figure shapes onto the cookies with the edible color markers.
As with any rolled sugar cookies, it's really important to chill the dough before cutting it. Otherwise it all turns to mush and your nice shapes will just come out as big blobs. I usually have to return the remaining dough to the freezer to chill briefly after I've cut out about a sheet worth of figures.
I have Wilton's 101 Cookie Cutter Set and I use it constantly. They have cookie cutters for just about every holiday or occasion, and I love that they have various sized gingerbread men (and women!) and even cats and dogs, so you can make stick figure decorated sugar cookies of the whole family.
I also use Wilton's White Cookie Icing because, let's face it, sometimes I'm just too lazy to make my own icing. Plus, I like that it comes in a little squeeze bottle so I can get it precisely where I need. I find that if I turn the cookies over and actually decorate the flat side that was against the cookie sheet, the icing tends to run off the sides less. It also helps to outline the whole cookie first and make sure the cookies are completely cooled.
Wilton FoodWriter Edible Color Markers are my favorite for writing on decorated sugar cookies because they don't bleed like other edible markers I've tried to work with.
I think it would be a really fun craft to make figures of the whole family and get the group together to decorate them. And how fun would that be for a party!? You could even make all sorts of animal decorated sugar cookies and have the kids set up scenes to go with the party theme.
Uhhh. Yeah…this is what happens when I'm left alone with too many cookie cutters. I couldn't help myself! What sort of decorated sugar cookies would you make?