It’s Tips for Tuesday!
This week’s tip: Simplify your cookie decorating this holiday season with glaze!
When I have a lot of baking, I prefer simple cookie decorations. I have said it before…water glaze is my favorite way to decorate sugar cookies. It can be made in minutes with only 2 ingredients, and can be colored with food color and is great for attaching sprinkles and sugar. It also works well to soften cookies that have been overcooked. I don’t know about you, but sugar cookies can be tricky. I have overcooked my fair share. If you paint glaze on them, within a day or two they will begin to soften. I have saved cookies on more than one occasion this way. I am re-sharing my sugar cookie recipe from last year. It is a semi-soft sugar cookie with a hint of lemon. I hope your holiday planning is going well and you find this tip useful 🙂
- 2 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp. milk (2% milkfat or higher)
- 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
- zest of 1 lemon (around 1/3 tsp.)
- oil for greasing baking sheets
- 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for adjusting thickness if using food color)
- 2 Tbsp. water
- assorted colored sugar and sprinkles
- green and brown food color
- cookie cutters
- parchment paper
- food safe paint brush or pastry brush
#1 You can make this dough ahead and keep in the fridge for a few days or even the freezer for at least a few weeks (thaw out ahead of time).
#2 This is a great activity for children. They can paint on the glaze and decorate themselves. My little ones enjoy decorating cookies this way. This is also a great group activity for kids 🙂
#3 These cookies make great gifts and are perfect for holiday parties!