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  • The Cookies Are Coming
  • Sumner Smith
  • foodfun

The Cookies Are Coming

I’m back!  Weeks of jewelry making and jewelry packing and emailing and website listing - over!  And it was fun, and I’m grateful, but - I’m for sure ready to shift gears.  And, unexpectedly, my gears shifted towards Christmas cookies.

     

This is funny because I don’t like to eat cookies - team potato chip for the win.  But I saw these cookies on Instagram, and was smitten.  So of course I wanted to make them.  Originally I was going to try to make them exactly as-is, but then I was in Williams-Sonoma and saw cookies that looked like they had been drawn on, and that was it.  I was going to make glazed cookies with Christmas drawings - never mind that I’ve never glazed cookies nor drawn on them.

 

And it turns out - it’s actually not that hard to do, so if you too are a bit of a cookie decorating novice and would like to have some fun, here’s what I did:

  • Follow Molly Yeh’s cookie recipe exactly - it was easy and turned out well.  Also she has the best description of when to take them out of the oven that I’ve ever read - when they’re just starting to think about turning brown.  My previous cookie baking attempts usually ended up just this side of overdone.
  • Make Molly’s cookie glaze in the same recipe too - it worked great, but be ware that if you want a colored glaze it takes VERY LITTLE food coloring to produce a color you want… rather than a color that would stop traffic.  Unless you want a color that would stop traffic in which case go crazy.
  • I didn’t use her fancy rolling cooking cutter - although I wanted to, I just couldn’t find one.  Instead I used a fluted pastry cutter and it worked fine - you just have to be careful about making a straight line.  Also I used a biscuit cutter.  Variety is the spice of life.
  • Now for the drawing part - I found these food color markers and they are amazing!  They draw exactly like a regular marker on the glaze, so you can do whatever floats your boat.  I was inspired by the font on a Christmas card my sister-in-law sent us, and some simple drawings, and that’s what I ran with.  

            

One thing to note - this is a multi-part process, so I’ve been doing it over the course of a couple of days.  The dough has to be refrigerated for at least an hour before you bake, and then the glaze has to *completely* dry before you use the marker - otherwise the marker runs and the glaze collapses and the joy is gone.  So I’ve been making the cookies and glazing on one day, and drawing the next.  But I think you could do it in one day if you started early enough.

I hope you have fun with these - and if you finish them and want to share I would love to see what you make - you can tag on me on Instagram (@spotteddogfarm) or send me an email.  

  • Sumner Smith
  • foodfun

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