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bright, sparkly, simple snowflake cookies for Haniela’s Christmas Cookie Card Project

You may remember this Spring when I joined 18 other creative bloggers in the Let’s Smell the Flowers cookie challenge at Haniela’s. I made these carnation flower cookies. Well, Haniela’s invited me back for the holidays. This time, the challenge was to pick a Christmas card to use as inspiration for cookies. Above is the collection of all the amazing Christmas card-inspired cookies. Click HERE to visit Haniela’s. Scroll to the end for the links to the bloggers’ posts!

I wanted something with sparkle. Because I love sparkle. I’ve mentioned a jillion times on this blog how much I love sprinkles, not just for said sparkle, but because they are such a fantastic decorating tool for cookies. They add dimension and interest to the simplest cookies. And bonus, you needn’t be a cookie decorating expert to decorate with sprinkles. Sprinkles cover icing blips and errors, and they eliminate the need for two different consistencies of icing, because sprinkles cover the lines.

While fun and challenging, after spending years (here) decorating intricate, crazy, and bizarre cookies that take much research and labor to craft (think major appliances, human organs, inside jokes, anything you can imagine drawn on a cookie, I’ve put on a cookie), I have entered into a way-too-long phase of simple, simple, simple. You’ll notice now the cookies I decorate are simple shapes, simple designs, simple colors and simple to re-create. Case in point: These super simple, bright, sparkly snowflake cookies.

I found these cards at Target. (Oh Target, how do you never fail me?) I love the touch of sparkle, the mod look and the dominant mix of colors. These snowflakes are decorated merely with three lines and six big dots at the end of each spoke. That’s it.

 

how to make simple, bright, sparkly snowflake cookies

 

you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

food coloring

coordinating sprinkles

snowflake cookie cutter(s)

disposable decorating bags

couplers

size “4″ or “5″ decorating tips

rubber bands

 

*For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. Electric Green, Red Red, Sky Blue and Electric Pink used here. Find sprinkles or sanding sugar in matching colors at the craft store. You’ll also find decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. You should find snowflake cookie cutters at the craft store this time of year, but here is a handy link for resources. My cookie cutters were 3 inches and 1 1/2 inches, but you can really use any size you prefer. Here are more resources for supplies.

what to do:

step one: make your cookies

Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, roll out to 1/4-inch thickness, cut out your snowflakes and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

 

step two: prepare your icing

Prepare the icing according to the recipe, divide and tint your preferred colors. Prepare disposable decorating bags with couplers and tips (sizes “4″ or “5″ depending on the size of the cookies), fill with the icing colors and close tightly with rubber bands.

 

step three: decorate your cookies

Work with one cookie and one color at a time. Pipe three lines to make six spokes. I piped two or three lines side-by-side for each of the three lines to make them a bit thicker. Pipe six big dots at the end of each spoke. Immediately coat with a coordinating color of sprinkles. Overturn to remove excess and rest on a baking tray until dry. Complete with the rest of the cookies and colors, and let dry very well, several hours at least, overnight preferred, before handling and packaging.

 

And now, here they all are. Be sure to visit and say hello to these crazy-talented ladies!! Thanks to Haniela for including me in the bunch!

 

3. Georganne, LilaLoa
8. Mariëlle, De Koekenbakkers
9.  Nadia, My Little Bakery
10. Liz, Arty Mc Goo
11. Callye, Sweet Sugarbelle
 12. Marlyn, Montreal Confections
16. Miriam & Estíbaliz, Message in a Cookie
18. Myriam, Chapix Cookies
21. Maryann, Cookie Artisan
22. Hani, Haniela’s

 

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22 Comments

  1. Julie
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I love these simple cookies! And after your great monster sticks, I’ve decided to make all my Christmas cookies as sticks as well! (I’ll give you proper credit so as not to repeat the melting snowman debacle:)

  2. Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    LOVE these, Meaghan! The colors are totally fabulous. It was fun “partying” with you on this project! :)

  3. Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I love love love how these sparkle.

  4. Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I love these beautiful, bright cookies!! Perfectly fun holiday cookies!

  5. Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Not only do I love sparkle – I love the colors and design of these cookies. They are perfect!

  6. meaghanmountford
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Hee hee, thank you Julie! I’m kind of obsessed with the stick thing now, too! :)

  7. Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    What happy cookies, Meaghan. I love them. And simple is awesome. I try to keep reminding myself to make it simple…..but I often don’t listen. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas season. I loved doing this project with you. ♥

  8. Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Very cute!! It was so much fun doing this project with you! Happy holidays!

  9. Marlyn
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Love the colors & the sparkle beautiful cookies!

  10. Posted November 27, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    love these bright simple snowflakes! they’d be perfect for a last minute cookie.

  11. Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan, we love this colorful cookies, they’re so adorable!

    Have a merry Xmas!

    Miriam & Estíbaliz

  12. Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! I love the fun, bright colors!

  13. Maryann - Cookie Artisan
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Such happy cookies! These made me smile and I just adore the colors! What fun it was to be a part of this project! Have a wonderful holiday!

  14. Posted November 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I love snow! Your snowflakes are so super cute!! It was fun working on this project with you! Merry Christmas!!!

  15. Posted November 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    The candy color spin on the traditional Christmas palette always makes me smile! I LOVE these colors together and the design of these sparkly bites is adorable! I think you just earned your way on the good list with these babies :D

  16. Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Only you could make snowflakes so bright, sparkly and fun! They make me happy!

  17. Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Megs…you are superwoman. Growing a human, making beautiful cookies, telling me its okay to cover lumps with sprinkles, and making them so darn pretty while you’re doing it! LOVE your card pick and cookie design!

  18. Posted November 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Most decorated snowflake cookies you see are white so I’m loving these pretty and ever so sparkly ones you did. Was fun to be *together* again on this project with you. Hope you are feeling well. Excitement must be building!

  19. Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    so cute!

  20. Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Simple is a wonderful thing!

  21. Posted November 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    These are perfect for my cookie party next week! I needed easy and pretty cookies! Thanks Meaghan. :)

  22. Posted November 29, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    You picked SUCH a fun card for this project!!!! I love how well your cookies match but are still completely your own thing!

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