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.