Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July! Easy Polka Dot Cookies

As a teacher, the 4th of July is easily one of my most favorite holidays, as it marks the true beginning of summer. Unfortunately, July also brings hot, humid weather which doesn't fare too well for baking and decorating cookies. However, these cookies are a cinch to decorate, hot weather and all. 

One of my favorite decorating techniques is creating polka dot cookies using the wet-on-wet technique. Confused? Let me walk you through the process.

To start, you need your cookies, baked and cooled. You also need your royal icing colors, in both piping consistency (think peaks) and flood (think glue). Outline your cookie with the piping icing and flood using a squeeze bottle and a toothpick to get the icing into all the corners.
Be careful not to over fill your cookie with the flood icing, or you may find icing dripping over the edges. The next step is to take a second color of flood icing and squeeze little drops onto the flooded cookie.
The dots will vary in size depending on how long of a squeeze you gave. You could easily stop here and let the cookies the dry. Or, you can repeat the above step with more icing colors.
Repeat again with another color if desired. I chose four colors for these cookies and alternated the colors depending on which color I used for the base.
When you're finished adding dots, your cookie should look like this:
See that light blue blob in the right corner of the star? Don't worry, it will smooth out as it settles. Let the cookies air dry overnight or at least eight hours before packaging or moving. When finished, your cookie will be nice and smooth with cute little polka dots.
If you decide to add a border or some sanding sugar to the edges (like I did on a few of the cookies above) make sure the entire cookie is completely dry so the sugar doesn't get all over the place.

The great thing about this design is that it can be used for any holiday or event, just change up the colors. 

I hope you all had a happy and festive 4th of July! I am celebrating America's independence and my brief independence from lesson planning!

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