When it comes to decorating holiday cookies, I go for the quick and easy way. "Flooding" is a technique used to cover a cookie completely with icing. Here's how to do it:

Make your favorite icing.  Royal icing will work the best for this technique.  Place a 1/2 cup of the royal icing to a piping bag (or a ziplock bag will work in a pinch) and snip a small corner. Use this icing to pipe a thin border around the edge of each cookie. Let set for a few minutes.

You want to take the remainder of the icing thin it out with a few drops of water or Milk until it's the consistency of syrup. Place half of the thinned icing in a Piping bag and set aside.  For the remainder of the icing, divide it up and add edible food coloring such as red or green. Transfer the colored icing to separate bags. Snip a corner of the white icing bag and pipe a generous amount inside the border of each cookie.

Once you have “flooded” the cookie Use a small offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the icing evenly over the cookie. Add additional Decorations with the colored icing while the white icing is still wet. Let the cookies set at room temperature, at least 1 hour.  

After you have flooded the cookie with white icing and it has set for about an hour, use your colored frosting and make little rounded drops or pipe some fun line to add some color!

Now to make different design all you need is a toothpick and some imagination!

To do candy stripes on the cookie, Flood round cookies with white icing. While the icing is still wet, pipe horizontal lines of red icing across each cookie. While the icing is still wet, drag a toothpick vertically through the stripes, alternating directions. Be sure to wipe the toothpick after each drag.  

Another fun tip, visit the candy isle at your local store. Red cinnamon candies are fun for reindeer noses. Gumdrops make great buttons for snowmen. Anything little and colorful will do! Most candy decorations can be held in place with just a little dab of frosting. They add color and texture and are easy for everyone to use.

Another way to add some color and sparkle to your cookies is with sprinkles. You can frost the whole cookie or frost a design. When using sprinkles on baked cookies, a layer of frosting is needed to keep them in place. Sprinkle on right after flooding the cookie with your frosting. If you wait too long, the frosting will set up and the sprinkles will bounce off. Get a good supply of colors, shapes, and designs to make your cookies fun and unique!

Use a Christmas Tree cut out and flood the cookie with Green Frosting.  While it is still wet, add mini M-n-Ms as the ornaments for the tree.  If you want to add a bit more color you can use red or silver icing to make garland by piping lines horizontal across the tree. Then add some white sprinkles to mimic snow.  Viola a fun and tasty Christmas Tree Cookie.

What is your favorite decoration for Cookies?

 

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