Monday, December 21, 2009

Personalized Christmas Ornament Cookies (a how-to)


Are you finished with your Christmas baking? Are you like me and smack dab in the middle, with a kitchen covered in a layer of flour, which should be cleaned, but the lure of the computer and blogging is just too strong? *sigh*



Tomorrow I'll share with you MORE Christmas ornament cookies...some that were (unbeknownst to me) actually used in a marriage proposal (!), but today, let's make personalized ornaments.


This one happens to be my favorite because Phyllis is my favorite character on The Young & The Restless. (Is that more than you wanted to know about me?)


To make them:
  • With gold icing and a #2 tip, make the hanger and top of the ornament. (AmeriColor Gold mixed with Egg Yellow)

  • With a #2 or #3 tip, pipe the outline of the ornament and two lines across the center. (AmeriColor Leaf Green)
  • Thin green, mint and red icings with water (by hand) to the consistency of syrup. Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit several minutes.
  • Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer to squeeze bottles.
  • Fill in the center section with green icing.

  • Fill in the top and bottom areas in mint icing, work about 6-8 cookies at a time. (AmeriColor Leaf Green)

  • {Remember the colors will darken up and these were taken at night. It kills me a little inside every time I post these dark pictures!}
  • Go back over the 6-8 cookies, adding a line of green and red (AmeriColor Super Red) thinned icing right on top of the wet mint icing.

  • Drag a toothpick up and down the icing, through the stripes creating a zig-zag look.
  • Let the cookies dry at least 1 hour.
  • With a #1 tip, add the names in white royal icing.
  • Let dry overnight.
To add the sparkling sugar:

This is how I set up my sparkling sugar station....

  1. coffee filter for catching extra sprinkles,
  2. mixture of meringue powder and water,
  3. small container for the sanding sugar,
  4. child's paintbrush,
  5. paper towel (or dish towel)

Paint the meringue powder and water mixture where you'd like the sparkles. Shake on the sparkling/sanding sugar. Shake off the excess onto the coffee filter.


Use the coffee filter as a funnel to use again.


OK...I'll see you guys tomorrow with the marriage proposal cookies!!! In the meantime, here's a link to blue and red ornament cookies from last year. Happy baking!

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful Bridget!! Love the colors and the sweet design!!! You are so talented!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  2. Fabulous - like always!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

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  3. Those are so cute. In seriously thinking about using these as placecards for Christmas Eve dinner. If only I could add 10 more hours to the next few days.

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  4. Bridget-those are stunning.

    You really should quit your day job.

    Will you remember me when you have a famous cookie TV show? I can come and show people WHAT NOT TO DO. I have that skill perfected!

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  5. Those are so cute. I love them!

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  6. Love. it. so. much. I read your blog everyday. I enjoy it so much!

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  7. Oh Bridget!
    These are so you!
    Only YOU could create them!
    Yes indeed...in the middle of baking and soooo trying to post about my Christmas Magic I just completed in our home last night! Tonight I will be baking:
    Poppyseed Bread &
    Sandtarts!
    Both to package up oh so sweet for some dear friends!
    Oh how I would love to be one of your dear friends...with my name on one of those ornaments!
    I wouldn't eat it though!
    I'd frame it!
    So I can say...hey...I knew her WHEN...when she was just a blogger...NOW she's a famous AUTHOR of the most adorable books on DECORATING COOKIES...well EVERYTHING COOKIES!
    XXOOXX

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  8. I LOVE this idea & hope I can remember it for next year.

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  9. Those are amazing!! My home made sugar cookies look nothing like that!! Then again I have lots of "kid help".

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  10. You do such nice 'how to' blogs. These cookies are really cute. Congratulations on all your cookie successes. You are a wonderful cookie artist!
    Renee of Kudos Kookies

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  11. Beautiful as always! You are soooo creative...

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  12. Gorgeous! What a special cookie to make!d

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  13. I just found your site and love everything I see! You are very talented! I can't wait to read all of your posts!! And by the way, I'm a HUGE Y&R fan! I've been watching for 20+ years!

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  14. GREAT! THANKS A MILLION!!
    Soph

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  15. Wow-Wow-Wow-Wow, and again, WOW!

    I love the tip about the meringue powder and water - I wasn't sure how I'd do that - now I know, again, thanks to you!

    By the way... I've watched Y&R since 1980 and love Phyllis as much as you do!

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  16. Wow!!! You are amazing!!!

    As soon as I figure out how to use a cookie cutter properly, I am SO trying this! :P

    {Seriously...do you give lessons??}

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  17. These step by step pictures are so very helpful to pretend-cookie-bakers like me. ;) Beautiful work.

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  18. They look amazing, just like all your other beautiful goodies!
    Merry Christmas

    and yes my kitchen is cover in flour as I type with shortbread baking in the oven :)

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  19. I love step-by-step instructions! These cookies are lovely.

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  20. Sooooo cute!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Happy Holidays!!!

    Bea

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  21. LOVE EVERYTHING about your website, wish i could be inside your creative head for a day. QUESTION....exactly what are the measurements/ratio for the meringue powder and water to use on the decorated cookie for the sparkle? I have all indreds. and am ready to go but do not want to ruin these cookies - PLEASE HELP
    Thanks

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  22. awesome, can't wait to see the proposal cookies!

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  23. Wow those are beautiful!! Wish I would have thought of this earlier! Maybe I should get up early tomorrow morning and try these out! Too cute :)

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  24. Your cookies always make me so happy. Thanks for your little blessings..:-)

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  25. Bridget thanks for the GREAT picture tutorial it REALLY helps!!

    I think one of my problems may be I'm doing WAY too many cookies at once, I need to learn to work on a dozen at a time like you do! then maybe I will get prettier cookies! LOL these are ADORABLE!! - we personalized stocking cookies, but they're not as cute as these!!

    I never did get an ornament cookie cutter this year. :-(

    Merry Christmas!
    ~TidyMom

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  26. These are beautiful! A friend and I tried our hand at decorating with royal icing this weekend - it was fun, but we definitely learned that we've got a loooong way to go!! :-) I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  27. I like your coffee liner tip. Those are lovely and I love anything personalized.

    I hope you and your family have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!
    ~ingrid

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  28. I love your tutorials! I am bookmarking them all for when I make a second attempt at decorating cookies (unfortunately I didn't have time to make those present cookies I wanted to!).

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  29. Bridget! Your blog is amazing. You have made it look so easy that I actually tried it and it worked! My kids and I have to be on a gluten free diet, so these cookies are doubly special. I was able to substitute my regular gluten free flour mix and the cookies came out perfect, which is truly nothing short of amazing. My kids love them too. The were so proud to have them at school.

    So, where do you decorate your cookies? Do you stand at the counter the whole time like me and my (aching) back, or do you sit at a table or something?

    Merry Christmas!

    Rebecca

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  30. Bridget your cookies are spectacular - so pretty and charming!
    I love how you've shown how to make them as well - Very inspiring!
    Merry Christmas!
    xo,
    Marian

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  31. Hi Bridget,
    I'm so glad I found your blog! Your cookies look too beautiful to eat! I absolutely love your photos!

    Happy New Year to you!

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  32. It looks like a lot of work went into creating those cookies. They look great.

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  33. Super cute! I just blogged my cookies I made. They are a little like yours, but your circles are so perfect. Great idea. I will be trying that soon!

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  34. truly Bridget - i'm always, always awed when i come to your site; your cookies are absolutely amazing, amazing! and i know that the word 'amazing' is overused, but darlin' that is the only appropriate word to use here. incredibly talented!

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