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HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN #8: Snowflake Cookies

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 11:20 am in Christmas, Cuisine.

Snowflake Cookie Wreath (courtesy Washington Post)The Washington Post recently tapped Heather Chittum from Hook Restaurant in DC to craft a few sugary fantasies. The results – a Santa’s sleigh filled with ethereal Wedding Cookies, and an icy blue and white snowflake wreath made entirely out of sugar cookies – ran in the Times and Trib this week too – and we couldn’t resist sharing the links and some how-tos! So here’s how to make Heather Chittum’s Snowflake Sugar Cookie Wreath (pictured at left):

1. You’ll need about 30 baked snowflake cookies, preferably of 3 or 4 different sizes (see Heather Chittum’s Sugar Cookie recipe or use your own favorite). For the base, use a thin (½-inch) Foamcore ring that is 10 to 12 inches in diameter; the width of the ring (the surface for attaching the cookies) should be about 2 inches.

2. Use a No. 2 tip to outline the cookies with stiff royal icing. Let dry for 15 minutes.

3. Use a more fluid pale-blue-tinted royal icing to cover or flood/fill in some of the cookies. Use a more fluid white royal icing to flood/fill in some of the cookies. Immediately sprinkle some of them with white iridescent or sanding sugar. Decorate some of the just-iced cookies with more piping or sanding sugars, as desired. Let dry for 1 hour.

4. Arrange the decorated cookies in a random pattern on the foam base; use a stiff royal icing to affix the cookies and build a design. Leave a 2-inch gap at the top of the wreath; that will allow for space for a hanging ribbon. It’s best to vary and balance the different sizes of cookies around the base. You should have enough cookies to build 3 to 4 layers. Let dry for 2 hours. Store flat until ready to hang or display.

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  1. Cammie Sammartino Says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love this idea; here in Arizona, we don’t get much snow (at least in the East Valley) and this is a cute way to bring a little bit of winter to Valley kids. I recently started a blog that is dedicated to finding fun, inexpensive things for families in the East Valley to do and I wanted to include a link of a craft to do with each post. This way, if something comes up and the family can’t make it out of the house, they still have something to do. Do you have any crafts that are desert themed? Maybe a cactus or a lizard? Or even something with flags that I can substitute the Arizona Flag?

    Thanks!

  2. Jackie Burrell Says:

    Hi, Cammie!
    Love your idea of linking crafts with each post. The snowflake cookies were part of a holiday countdown of crafts and recipe ideas, and we’re just embarking on a valentine countdown now. Hmm, flags? The closest thing was a post we did last July for star-spangled hats and stars and stripes cookies. Here’s a link -
    http://www.ibabuzz.com/aparentlyspeaking/2008/07/01/star-spangled-hats-other-patriotic-splendors/ – although I’m not sure it’s very adaptable to Arizona’s flag.

    If you’ve run across any great Valentine crafts, we’d love to hear about them!

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