How cute are these stylish girls?! For the last few years I've made these lovely ladies to include as part of my Christmas cookie plate gifts to friends and neighbors. This idea comes from the fantastic Sweet Dani B. whom I have blogged about before and whose recipe and techniques can be found here.
The recipe I have used in years past for making the cookies and the royal icing can be found by looking here as well. The thing that I appreciate most about this darling cookie is really how relatively simple and straight forward it is to decorate. Dani does a fantastic job of showing you how to decorate her "Snow Diva's" so I highly encourage you to hop on over and check it out.
Here's what you'll need:
White royal icing in an plastic icing bottle
assorted candy beads, dragees, gumdrops and icing flowers
thin paper plate
Here's a brief idea of how to do it:
Begin by, outlining your cookie in white 15 second royal icing. Like Dani and many other cookiers I use a plastic bottle to decorate. Much easier than bags and tips, especially for little hands.
Fill in the cookie with more icing and smooth with an offset spatula. Then pick up the cookie and gently shake it to even the icing out. While usually it's very important to make sure that the flooded cookie has a smooth surface, here it's not as imperative as you will be covering the icing with sanding sugar.
Sprinkle sanding sugar over the cookie immediately. Using a paper plate to catch the extra sugar, shake the cookie to remove the excess. Then pour the sugar back into the bowl.
Slice a small sliver of gumdrop to create her "carrot" nose and decorate with dragees and flower. The sugar flowers and snow lady cutter I purchased at Copper Gifts, one of my most favorite sites for all things cookie. You can find them here.
Let sit for 8-12 hours to completely dry and be prepared to amaze and delight your friends and loved ones with this sweet treat.