I’ve gone cookie stick crazy. First the monsters. Then the turkeys. I think you knew Rudolph was on his way. It’s pretty astonishing how you can put pretty much any design for any season or any holiday on a stick. Sure, Rudy might have some extra long antlers, but… I have nothing after that admission. Maybe they grew because he lied to Clarice. “I was helping Santa, not downing egg nog at the Elf Pub with Fireball. Really. I swear.”
how to make Rudolph cookie sticks
you will need:*
dough scraper or knife
food coloring (brown and red)
disposable decorating bags
size 3 and 4 decorating tips
chocolate and/or peanut butter candy melts
*Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips, candy eyes and candy melts in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, available in specialty stores and online (Red Red and Chocolate Brown used here). This is the dough scraper I use, HERE, from Sur la Table. You can also use a knife, but this tool makes cutting sticks super easy and consistent, especially with the handy ruler. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.
step one: make your cookie sticks
Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe, chill for a couple hours, roll out 1/4-inch thick and use the dough scraper or knife to cut out sticks. My sticks are about 4 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inch wide. Place the sticks on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely. (Yes, this is the same picture from the monster sticks and the turkeys. I’m sure I’ll use it every time I make cookie sticks.)
step two: prepare your royal icing
Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide the icing and tint your colors. For Rudolph, I used light brown and red. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and close tightly with rubber bands.
step three: decorate your cookies
To decorate, fit the brown icing with a size 3 tip. Pipe a blob of brown on the bottom of the stick and press a candy melt on top. Pipe the antlers up the stick however you like. Pipe two tiny dabs of icing on the candy melt and adhere the eyes. Fit the red icing with a size 4 tip and pipe a big dot for a nose. Let the cookies dry well, preferably overnight, before handling and packaging. For basic cookie decorating instructions, click HERE.
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