Holiday Gift Idea ~ Edible Place Cards.
Learn step-by-step to decorate cookies with royal icing
It looks like Christmas has come early!
I’m starting off two weeks of cookies with this amazing guest post from Paula at Vanilla Bean Baker. I love this blog. Paula really is a master of royal icing. She has agreed to share her inspired idea for edible place cards with us – taking us through the process step-by-step.
Take it away Paula…
It’s all coming down to the wire now! The weeks of planning, list making, shopping, gift-wrapping, house decorating and baking will soon be over. Then with a sigh of relief that you managed to pull it all together in time, there will be nothing left but to sit back and enjoy this most festive time of the year. I love the Christmas season for many reasons but mainly because it’s a time of year when people’s spirits really are light, “children laughing, people passing, greeting smile after smile”. It is the most social of all the holidays and people love to come bearing gifts for everyone from family members to business acquaintances to the bus drivers that transport the kids safely back and forth from school each day. Some of the most meaningful gifts are those made by hand and personalized for the receiver.
These edible holiday place cards would make a wonderful gift for anyone. Going to a dinner party over the holidays? How about bringing a basket of these with the names of your host’s dinner guests on them? Know someone who regrettably has to spend Christmas in the hospital? A dozen of these cookies with their name and the names of their caregivers on them would go a long way in helping to bring some cheer. And don’t forget your own family! The kids and adults alike will get a big kick out of coming to your holiday dinner table and seeing one of these marking their place. This design comes together quickly so you still have time to bake up a batch or two. Here is how to make these edible place cards. It may seem like many steps but once you get decorating you will see how easy it is.
Note: The cookies shown were made with a large rectangular plaque cookie cutter. If you do not have one, don’t worry. You can cut out your own template using heavy-duty card stock. You can make it fancy like the cookie shown or keep it simple by cutting out a rectangle measuring 5″ wide by 3″ high. Be sure to freeze your rolled-out cookie dough for a few minutes prior to placing your template on the dough and cutting out the shape with a sharp smooth blade knife. The cookies shown were made with Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie dough but they would be lovely done with Gingerbread dough as well.
With your cookie dough rolled and cut, bake according to recipe directions and let cool. You will need the following for decorating:
- One batch of Royal Icing mixed in the following consistencies:
- White piping and White flood icing
- Light Blue piping and Light Blue flood icing
- Red piping and Red flood icing
- Orange piping icing
- Black piping icing
- #1 Decorating Tip
- #2 Decorating Tip
- Piping Bags
- Small Squeeze Bottles
- Edible Food Colouring Markers
Step 1: Outline your cookies with the light blue piping icing and let dry. A #2 tip was used for all outline piping.
With piping icing having dried, flood your cookies with light blue flood icing. Use the toothpicks to spread the icing into all the corners and to pop any air bubbles that may occur. Let the flood icing dry completely before moving on.
Step 2: With your flooded cookies dry, pipe the outline for all the snowmen with white piping icing. When piping has dried, flood the snowmen with white flood icing.
Step 3: When snowmen have all dried, use red piping icing to draw the outline for the hats and scarves. Let piping dry and then with red flood icing, fill in.
Step 4: Use black piping icing to add two dots for the eyes and orange piping icing to make tiny triangular noses.
Step 5: Now we add some finishing details. With white piping icing and a #1 tip, pipe tiny dots for snow and pipe little intersecting lines for snowflakes.
Step 6: With red piping icing, pipe a small circle at the center of the scarves and a larger circle around that. Fill in with red flood icing. This is to make the *knot* in the snowmen’s scarves. Make three large dots with red piping icing at the top of the hat and on each side of the hat. The left side dot should be larger than the right side. The dot on top will be the pom pom. The dots on the left and rights will make the snowmen’s ear muffs. With a #1 piping tip, pipe a curved line from the left earmuff up and over to the pom-pom. With your white piping icing, make some snowflakes and snow on the hats and the scarves.
Step 7: Time to personalize. In addition to the person’s names, I also wrote a line from a popular Christmas song that I felt went with the image on the cookies. This was done with edible food colouring markers. I used black but you can choose your own colours. Just be sure to remember that sometimes different coloured markers will not show up as well on coloured icing and may even change colour.
Now, if you don’t have this cutter and you don’t want to make your own templates, you can still make these cookies for gifts. Use a round fluted cutter and follow the decorating instructions above. By cutting a hole in the dough before baking (using the wide end of an icing tip) you can make this design into cute personalized Christmas ornaments or you can just wrap up each personalized cookie and tuck one into everyone’s stocking!
I hope that I’ve been able to give you some edible gift-giving ideas for the holidays and more importantly, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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