How to Decorate Disney Christmas Cookies like a Professional
‘Tis the season for sugar cookies and no better way to bring some frosted magic into your home for the holidays than with Disney Christmas cookies. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baking novice or you whip up a batch of delicious sugar perfection daily, we’ve got you covered with a guide to help you bake and decorate Disney Christmas cookies like a professional.
Before we get started, any Disney cookie baker will need the right tools:
The Perfect Dough
In order to produce the perfect shaped sugar cookies, you’ll need to prepare your dough ahead of time with the perfect ingredients and chill overnight.
- Use Egg Yolks at Room Temperature: Using just the yolks, instead of the whole egg, for a more tender and evenly textured cookie.
- Select Pure Vanilla Extract: Cutting costs with imitation extracts is never the way to get professional quality cookies. Invest in a high-quality “pure” extract.
- Whisk-to-Sift the Flour: In order to evenly mix all your dry ingredients, reach for a whisk and “sift” them to a nice fluffy powder.
- Don’t Overmix: Stop mixing after the ingredients are blended. An overmixed dough creates a cement, tough, dense cookie. So, turn off the mixer already.
- Chill the Dough: Portion your dough into little balls and chill them overnight.
The Perfect Shape
There are a few tricks to getting the perfect shape both in the oven, as you roll them out and cutting them into your shape of choice – in this case, Disney Christmas Cookies in the friendly shape of everyone’s favorite, Mickey Mouse!
- Lightly Floured Work Surface: It’s imperative that you keep your work surface floured to avoid the dough from sticking, however too much flour will dry out your cookie dough and lead to cardboard cookies.
- Chill the Dough Again Before Baking: Cut out your cookies and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, then chill the dough shapes long enough to regain a firm structure, which should be about 30 minutes.
The Perfect Golden
There’s nothing that will take the magic out of your cookies than overbaking them. There should be hardly any color or “golden” to them, which is around seven to eight minutes at 350 degrees. It’s also advisable to rotate your cookie sheet for a nice even bake to your cookies. Remember, waiting until your cookies are turning golden will cause you to end up with burnt Mickey ears instead of Disney Christmas Cookies.
The Perfect Icing
Embrace your inner Disney princess and use royal icing for cookies that are frosted in perfection. Making your own royal icing is simple as it uses as little as three ingredients: egg whites or meringue powder, confectioner’s sugar and water or milk. No matter your recipe, the benefits of using royal icing are what gives professional-made bakery cookies their perfect sheen. You’ll want two consistencies of royal icing, one for each step of your decorating:
- Firm Icing: For use on borders, lines and fine details. You can add more confectioner’s sugar to add firmness to your mix.
- Flood Icing: You can fill large areas by using this type of icing. Simply add more egg whites, milk or water to create this consistency in your icing.
The Perfect Tools
Now that you’ve got professional Disney Christmas Cookies, they aren’t very magical until you decorate them. In order to decorate like a pro, you’ll need some professional-grade equipment. Visit a craft store and pick up a piping bag and some decorating tips. Don’t forget sprinkles and other fun decorating items.
Looking for Inspiration?
Here are the creative kitchens where the amazingly-perfect cookies you saw featured in this post are from, be sure to visit their pages for more cookie inspiration.
- The Partiologist: We love Kim’s Disney style and this blog is full of amazing Disney cookies and party tips.
- Mandy’s Sweets: An artist wielding frosting, be sure to stop by and check out Mandy’s creations.
- BZBees Sweet Treats: Almost too adorable to eat, these cookies are little delights of bakery goodness.
Do you have any great Christmas cookie tips?
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