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December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz

Holiday Cookie 13 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz
The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

My daughter and I do Christmas cookies in a big way.  The star of our cookie trays are the decorated sugar cookies.  We take weeks deciding on a theme and selecting which cookie cutters we’ll use.  Rudolph is always present.  He is the hands-down fan favorite!  We spend two days on just these cookies.  It’s crazy, but we love it.  Jan is the designer, I’m the laborer.  Her character faces are always adorable, but I work faster with the icing, so we complement one another.

If that’s not your thing, or if you just plain don’t have time, I have good news for you!  You can still decorate cookies with a couple of simple things you can get at the grocery store – And the family will love them!

Holiday Cookie Supplies 300x190 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Here’s your shopping list:

Any roundish cookie – Anna’s Ginger Thins are wonderful and they have a lovely scalloped edge

Wilton White Cookie Icing

Cake Mate Writing Icing, I used pastels, but primary colors would be great, too

Almond flavoring (optional)  I don’t care for the flavor of the Wilton’s so I add a couple of drops

Okay, let’s talk about icing techniques.  You’ll want to know straight lines, tapered lines and dots.

Holiday Cookie 1 262x300 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 1.       Straight lines first –Take a few cookies out for practice, broken ones work great for this.  A straight line begins with a touch down (let the tip of the icing touch the cookie) and a slight lift with steady pressure moving which ever direction you are comfortable with (I’m left-handed and I move right to left) followed with a gradual release of pressure at the end.  The amount of pressure depends on the consistency of the icing.  If you’re straining, try rinsing the cap in hot water.  If it’s still very hard to get the icing out, add a few drops of water at a time and shake well.  Practice until you are comfortable with the movement.
Holiday Cookie 2 220x300 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 2.       Tapered lines – Begin as you did with straight lines, but release the pressure before the end.  It’s a touch down, steady pressure and slight lift and a release of pressure about half the length of the line.
Holiday Cookie 3 242x300 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 3.       Now for dots – Dots take a slow hand.  Touch the tip down, give a little pressure and release pressure before lift AND lift very slowly.  There will be a tail and you don’t want that tail to flop sideways, you want it to plop strait down.  Use more pressure for large dots and less for smaller dots, keeping in mind that cookie icing is soft and will spread a bit.
Holiday Cookie 4a 300x227 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 4.       Snowflakes are a simple repeated pattern.  They always have six sides, and each line has the same marks.  Start with one line straight across.
Holiday Cookie 4b 300x229 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz This cookie has nine scallops, so each of the three lines you make will begin at the peak of a scallop and end at the valley of a scallop.
Holiday Cookie 4c 300x223 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Now look at the shape you have and decide where to make marks that can be made in the same place on each line.
Holiday Cookie 4d 300x231 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz I made crossed lines near the center here.
Holiday Cookie 4e 300x223 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz The trick to crossing lines is making two dots on either side of the line.  Release pressure while over the line, or you’ll have a blob instead of a cross.  Last, I made crossed lines near the outer edges.  See?  It’s a snowflake!
Holiday Cookie 5 300x224 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 5.       This cookie design has three colors.  The white outline is done as you would a straight line.  The difference is that you’ll want to steady your icing hand with your other hand to create the motion of a scalloped edge, holding the icing vertically over the line as you draw it.
Holiday Cookie 6a 290x300 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 6.       For the center of the cookie, I made holly leaves.  It’s a touch down, a squiggly movement back and forth, with a release of pressure at the tip, as you would a tapered line.
Holiday Cookie 6b 300x236 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Make three leaves.
Holiday Cookie 7 300x207 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 7.       Finally add your holly berry dots.  I could have gone a bit smaller dots here, they spread quite a bit.
Holiday Cookie 8 300x263 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 8.       Now let’s add some sprinkles and things.  Follow the scalloped edge again, but stop half way to shake on some sprinkles.  The icing surface dries quickly, so get’em on there!  Repeat for the other half.
Holiday Cookie 9 300x224 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 9.       Make Holly leaves as you did before and plop some cinnamon candies down for berries.
Holiday Cookie 10a 300x230 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 10.   This design is an easy Rudolph head.  Start with a rectangle that’s tapered at one end.  Give it some ears.
Holiday Cookie 10b 300x233 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Add dot eyeballs and the first antler lines.
Holiday Cookie 10c 300x253 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Add a few tapered lines to the antlers.
Holiday Cookie 10d 300x260 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Plop two blue sprinkles on the eyes. Finish with some dots for balance.
Holiday Cookie 11a 300x218 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 11.   For this wreath cookie, you’ll start with tapered line curls.  Touch down, pressure and lift, release pressure half way through.
Holiday Cookie 11b 300x237 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Make a squiggly middle line.
Holiday Cookie 11c 300x284 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Place some cinnamon candies around.
Holiday Cookie 11d 300x247 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Snow is optional.
Holiday Cookie 12a 300x234 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 12.   The last design is easy peasy!  Drizzle icing on the cookie from an inch or two above it.
Holiday Cookie 12b 300x293 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz Shake on some sprinkles.  Simple and elegant.
Holiday Cookie 13 297x300 December Creative Play Day 7: Holiday Cookies by Candace Jedrowicz 13.   Now, sit back and enjoy!
About Tiffany Windsor

Born into an artistic, entrepreneurial family, it is no surprise that Tiffany has found success expressing her talents in many different arenas. As the daughter of Aleene Jackson, America’s beloved “Mother of Crafting” and inventor of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Tiffany’s first love is expressing herself creatively. Tiffany is well known in the creative community as the producer and host of Aleene’s Creative Living Television show and editor of the companion newsstand magazine. She has made regular appearances on QVC and HSN and has authored numerous hard-cover and soft-cover books. She is an active member of the Craft and Hobby industry and co-director of the CHA SoCal Chapter. Tiffany is the founder of Cool2Craft, featuring an on-line creative community and popular YouTube channel. www.cool2craft.com - www.youtube.com/cool2craft

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