MITTEN COOKIES/ Winter Wonderland

It’s late January and the snow has finally arrived in Northern Virginia…..Two inches! Even though it’s barely enough to shovel it creates a beautiful scene. This week the temperatures are bone chillin’ in the teens during the night, and cold and blustery during the day.  It’s definitely time for the winter gear. While decorating these cookies I reminisced about my childhood winters. They were fun times with my brothers sledding down the hill behind our house, building snowmen and throwing snowballs.

Remember mittens? Those fuzzy hand warmers tied to your sleeve as a kid so you wouldn’t lose them? After getting the word that school was closed for a snow day …Yeah!...we would change into snow pants, sweaters, scarves, jackets and boots. Mittens were the last accessory before heading out to play in the snow. Mittens went out with adulthood but once in awhile I spy a stray glove on the sidewalk and think….even grown-ups could do with gloves tied to their jackets. Stay warm!

Brothers-Ricky & Jimmy, circa 1962

Mitten Cookies
Mitten Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Sky Blue, AmeriColor Leaf Green and AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Wilton Decorating Tip #2 
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Meringue Powder
CK White Sanding Sugar
Hint:  A smidge of color on the tip of a toothpick creates pastel colors
          Make ample flood icing for mittens.

Outline cookie with # 2 tip in light pink icing.

 Flood cookie in light pink icing above line.

 Pipe alternating stripes of light blue, light green and light yellow flood icing.

Drag toothpick through stripes to create zig-zag design.

 Flood rest of cookie in light pink icing.  Let dry 30 minutes.

 Pipe a line of light pink outline icing along impression in mitten.  Let dry overnight.

 Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and 1½ Tsp. Water.  Stir until smooth.

 Using a paintbrush apply mixture onto bottom of cookie.  
Immediately sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.





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