One of the best things about the holidays are the cookies. Lots of cookies. In different shapes, sizes, and colors. This year might be a great excuse to spend time in the kitchen decorating cookies since most of us are still self-isolating. Cookie decorating is an activity that the whole family can get involved in.
Cool cookies completely
The most important part in cookie decorating is the cookie itself. Make sure each one has completely cooled. Warm, or even slightly warm cookies will melt the icing, which can easily mess up the design you’re creating. While waiting for them to cool, treat the family to some unfrosted cookies and watch a favorite movie. Better yet, hide them and decorate the next day!
Let the icing dry
While it may be tempting to cover the cookies and place them in the fridge immediately after frosting, the icing on top should be allowed to dry. If they aren’t dry, the designs could smear or the frosting might stick to other cookies or the storage lid. A general rule of thumb to follow is to let the frosting dry for 24 hours before covering or storing the cookies. Try drying them out of sight to avoid snacking on them!
Whip the frosting
When using store bought icing, a good way to save money and to make the frosting creamier is to whip it using a mixer. Do this by either using a stand or hand mixer, avoid using whisks. Whipping the frosting on high speed adds air into the mixture and essentially doubles the overall amount. This strategy also makes it easier to work with.
Use plastic sandwich bags to frost
If cookie decorating is only a once-a-year activity, it doesn’t make much sense to buy fancy frosting piping bags with the special metal tips. Instead, use small plastic storage bags that are probably already in the pantry. Just fill each bag with your favorite frosting and cut a small corner of the bag. The bigger the cut, the larger the string of icing will be.
Use tools already in the home
Fancy tools are not a necessity when it comes to cookie decorating, the only limit is imagination! Using a fork to create texture. A toothpick can be used to help form intricate patterns like snowflakes or facial features. A pizza cutter can be used for freehand shapes. Cans or long cups are great substitutes for rolling pins. Everything in the kitchen can have multiple uses!
Looking for a homemade icing recipe? Read down below!
Low FODMAP Icing Recipe
· 3 cups of sifted confectioner’s sugar
· 3 large egg whites
· Gel or paste food coloring
In a large bowl, place the confectioner’s sugar and egg whites. Whip the ingredients on the highest setting for about six minutes or until thick and creamy.
Tip: To thin the icing, simply add one tablespoon of water at a time. Thick icing is best to use for borders or outlines. A thinner icing can be used to cover the cookie with color. Split these in smaller pans before mixing in food coloring.