How to decorate cookies

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Making your next batch of sugar cookies stand out has never been so easy! Professional creative chef Cricket Azima for the Betty Crocker kitchens demos two adorable and fun ideas to add flare to your next batch of Sugar Cookies. Don't forget to grab the kids for these recipes!

How to decorate cookies Pop Art Cookies

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1 egg

12 wooden sticks with rounded ends

1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy frosting (any white variety)

Food colors in desired colors

Assorted candy decorations
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, flour and egg until dough forms. Roll dough on floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Carefully insert a wooden stick into side of each cookie.
  2. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Divide frosting among 4 small bowls. Tint frosting in 3 of the bowls with different color of food color. Reserve some of the tinted frostings for piping on designs. Frost cookies with remaining white and tinted frostings. For piping, place each tinted frosting in small resealable food-storage plastic bag; snip off tiny corner of bag. Pipe frostings on cookies in desired designs. Decorate with candy decorations.
Makes 1 dozen cookies

Cinna-spin Cookies

Cookies:

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix cookie mix and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in butter and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. On piece of waxed paper, shape 1 tablespoon cinnamon into a line about 5 inches long. Using floured fingers, shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a rope 5 inches long. Press one side of dough rope into cinnamon.
  3. On ungreased cookie sheet, coil dough rope tightly, cinnamon side facing center, into cinnamon-roll shape. Press end of rope into roll to seal. Repeat with remaining dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Transcript

Sugar cookies are a classic treat that everyone loves, and they're a blank canvas for decorating. We're going to show you unique and fun ideas to add flair to sugar cookies. Hi, I'm Cricket Azima.

 

We're going to start with an adorable recipe called pop art cookies. Preheat your oven to 375. Start with a sugar cookie mix. Add softened butter or margarine, egg, and for cut out cookies, add flour. Stir until a dough is formed.

 

Now you're going to lightly flour your surface. Place your dough on your cutting board, and you're ready to roll. Roll out the dough until it's about a quarter inch thick. Using a three inch circle cookie cutter, I'm going to press out my cookies. Before you put the cookies into the oven, you're going to take a rounded wooden stick and insert into the side of each cookie so it looks like a lollipop.

 

Once you have a stick into each cookie, you're going to bake the cookies for nine to eleven minutes. Once cooled, it's time to have fun frosting. I used some white frosting and added food coloring to make these fun colors. Now it's time to make the pop art on your cookies.

 

I'm going to use some orange frosting, and I'm going to cover the circle completely. Then I'm going to add some of these cute blue sprinkles, some yellow. Ta-dah! Isn't that adorable? To make them extra cute, you can serve the pop art cookies in color coordinated glasses filled with jelly beans. Or you can even stick them into cupcakes and write letters on them. Spell out a name. Have fun with your pop art cookies.

 

The next fun sugar cookie recipe combines one of my favorite cookies with one of my favorite breakfast foods, cinnamon rolls. These cinna-spin cookies are really fun to make an even more fun to eat.

 

Preheat your oven to 375. Once again, we'll use the same sugar cookie dough we've been using. Add softened butter or margarine, egg, and cinnamon. After your dough is made, you're going to roll about a tablespoon of dough into a long rope about five inches long. Just simply dip into a line of cinnamon. Then you're going to carefully roll your cookie so it looks like a cinnamon roll.

 

You'll place each cookie on a cookie sheet about two inches apart. Then you'll put them in the oven and bake them for about seven to ten minutes. I've made a glaze with some powdered sugar and milk, and I'm drizzling the cookies until they look even more like cinnamon rolls.

 

So that's it-- fun, easy, new ways to reinvent the classic sugar cookie. I'm Cricket Azima, bringing you great ideas from Betty Crocker with Howdini. To see more of our videos of great cookie recipes visit us at BettyCrocker.com/CookieFun.

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  • Cricket Azima

    Cricket Azima Chef and Author Cricket Azima is a professional chef, specializing in cooking for and with children. As the founder of The Creative Kitchen, she works with food companies offering a range of services including spokesperson, recipe development and testing, teaching, etc. more about this expert »

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