We absolutely love making Christmas cookies and having grown up in Canada, I made them as kids and have loved bringing this tradition to Habitots. We had the opportunity to do cookie decorating for over 250 kids at Highpoint Shopping Centre last week, and I loved watching as kids, who’d never decorated cookies before, figured out that their creation was edible! It was gorgeous.
We have loads of cookie decorating classes over Christmas at Habitots but know that not everyone can join us, or want to recreate the tradition at home. Well, we thought we’d give you some of our tips & tricks for doing it at home with kids.
Top 5 tips for decorating cookies with kids
1. Use a sugar cookie recipe instead of Gingerbread as it’s loved by more kids (and adults!).
2. Make Royal Icing to decorate as it dries quite quickly and dries harder than butter cream icing (or just sugar/water).
3. Use a piping bag or plastic squeezy bottle to make decorating easy for kids.
4. Decorate on a plastic or paper plate with an edge to keep all of the decorations together.
5. Use a variety of decorations including sprinkles (hundreds & thousands in Aus), M&Ms or Smarties and colour your icing red or green to make it festive.
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose or plai flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
900 grams (little less than a 1kg bag) of icing sugar
1/4 tsp of cream of tartar (helps makes it less runny)
5 egg whites
Mix all together, some people will whip it with a blender but I just mix it by hand for a few minutes.