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{DIY} How to Make Snowflake Sugar Cookies

My friend, Jen Rasmussen, is what I like to call a "baker extraordinaire." I asked her if she'd share how she does some of her incredible work, and she so kindly put together this tutorial on how she makes her gorgeous snowflake sugar cookies.

Wouldn't these make a great holiday gift! In fact, I know after Jen took these photos, she wrapped hers up and gave them as a hostess gift. Lucky hostess!

MATERIALS:

  • 3 inch snowflake cookie cutter (see shape below)
  • Royal icing
  • White Pearl Dust (Wilton)
  • Squeeze bottle
  • Pastry bag with #2 tip
  • Small bag clip
  • Toothpicks

DIRECTIONS:

Using your snowflake cookie cutter, make your snowflake sugar cookies. Here's a great sugar cookie recipe, if you need one.

Dilute ⅔ of the royal icing (here's Alton Brown's royal icing recipe, if you need one) to corn syrup consistency and put in squeeze bottle.  The other ⅓ should be thicker for piping easily.  It should fall off a spoon slowly. Add pearl dust to both for a little shimmer. Fill the pastry bag with #2 tip and secure with bag clip.  Have toothpicks handy.

Outline cookie using icing in the pastry bag.

Using the squeeze bottle, fill in the outlined area with icing.  This is called flooding. Use the tip of the squeeze bottle to spread the icing all the way to the borders. After flooding, break any air bubbles with toothpick.  Let the icing set for an hour or two.

 With piping icing, draw three straight lines from point to point on the snowflake, crossing in the center.

 Next, add snowflake embellishments as desired.

Finish with dots around the center. The cookies need to set for several hours before they can be stacked.

And here's the finished product!
These definitely are gorgeous. Thanks, Jen, for sharing how you work your magic! I might try these next week with Lainey.

GIVEAWAY: Win 3 Glitter Tattoo Party in a Box Sets by Glimmer Body Art worth $75

I bought the Butterfly + Hearts Glitter Tattoo Kit from Glimmer Body Art for my daughter for Christmas and it was a huge hit. It was such a fun gift, I had to write a blog post about it.

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Well, Glimmer Body Art saw my post and wanted to do a giveaway with us. How cool is the Internet?

So Glimmer Body Art is giving three of our lucky readers three Glitter Tattoo Kits each. That's right, if you win, you'll get their Princesses + Hearts, Blossom, and Classic Pop (perfect for boys) collections.

Each kit comes with 12 design stencils, 4 colors of glitter, a brush set, body glue (hypo-allergenic, latex-free) and an instruction card. Here are the kits...

Glitter tattoos are honestly the coolest thing for parties! They work great as an activity (much better than regular temporary tattoos), as I said in my post, a perfect gift.

So a little bit more about glitter tattoos... They are waterproof and last up to 7 days (sometimes longer). They are safe for the skin and easy to apply. They dry immediately, allowing you to jump into the pool, even right after they are put on.

 

So how do you enter? Simple. Just "like" Glimmer Body Art on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment saying you did just that.

We’ll pick three winners at random on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

 

Sweets in Jars

I'm obsessed with sweets in jars. It all started with my love of pies in jars and has branched out from there. Here are some of my favorite sweets in jars that would make great last minute gifts. Tell me these don't look delicious and... kinda cool.

Pie in a Jar by Meg's Creations


3-pack with your choice of pie flavors $15

Cupcake in a Jar by City Cupcakes


2 carrot cake cupcakes in a jar $6

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a Jar by All Jarred Up


8 oz. chocolate chip banana bread $6

Biscotti in a Jar by The Kim Kitch


Home-baked anise biscotti $12

Cookies in a Jar by All Jarred Up


Chocolate cookies in a jar $6

French Toast Bread Pudding in a Jar by Nom Nom Sweets


4-pack of french toast bread pudding $16

Mmmmmm...

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 A Sweet Celebration - Wrap It Up, LLC
Something Sweet Party Favors
iCustomWine
cupcake express
Simply Chic Shop
The Merry Love Joy Company
Bubbles and Buttons
Great Graphics
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