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Project:  Snowflake Cookie Wreath

 
 

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Materials
1 16-oz package ready-made sugar cookie dough
1 cup flour
Royal icing (recipe below)
Decorative sugars
Snowflake cookie cutters
Wax paper
Sturdy cardboard
White glue
Wire
Red ribbon

Directions
1. For the base, cut 2 wreath shapes from a piece of sturdy cardboard and glue them together for additional support. Tie a hanging wire around the wreath.

2. Place the ready-made dough in a large bowl and bring to room temperature. Add the additional flour and knead until smooth. This will make the dough denser and sturdier for mounting your cookies.

3. Between two pieces of waxed paper, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Chill flat for 15 minutes.

4. Cut out snowflake shapes using the cookie cutters and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake in a 350° oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
Let the cookies cool completely.

6. Decorate the cookies with Royal Icing and decorative sugar.

7. Place the remaining Royal Icing into a zip top bag and seal. Snip the corner off the bag and squeeze. Use the icing as glue to adhere the cookies to the wreath. Arrange the cookies around the cardboard base, overlapping slightly.

8. Let the wreath dry for several hours before hanging.
Finish with a bow.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
5 tablespoons meringue powder
or
1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Food coloring (optional)

Directions

1. Combine the powdered sugar and meringue powder or egg whites in a mixing bowl. Beat on low speed.

2. Add the lemon juice, one drop at a time. (You may not need the entire amount depending on humidity and temperature.) Beat until the mixture is creamy. Do not let it get runny. This will act as your "glue."

3. Tint with food coloring.

Other Variations
Make individual sugar cookie ornaments by placing a hole in the top of each cookie before baking. (The eraser end of a yellow pencil is the right size.)
When the cookies have cooled, thread a ribbon through the hole and tie a bow.

String your cookies together to make a garland.
You can find directions for our Gingerbread Man Garland here.

To make a Cookie Tree Tower, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter and frost the cookies bright green. Using additional Royal Icing as glue, stack the cookies, fanning each one out at a different angle. If you have cookie cutters of various sizes, grade your stack from the largest cookies on the bottom to the smallest on top. On top, make a pyramid by gluing the final 3 cookies upright. Decorate the points of the tree with gumdrops.

 


About the Authors: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are the co-authors of the award winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions. To check out their website that's jam packed with family ideas, visit www.togetherparenting.com

 

 

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