Christmas Cookies..using rubber stamps!
Would you like to learn how to make these?
Aren't they effective?
I was talking on my facebook page during the week that I was busy working in the "Red Brolly test kitchen", and I was experimenting with different Christmas cookie ideas...anyway...these were what I came up with. They are so easy!
(A good idea is to read through the instructions first as there are several options that you could do.)
First you'll need a batch of your favourite Vanilla Sugar cookies. You can use my favourite recipe.
You'll also need:-
Christmas rubber stamps
a small dish and maybe a paint brush
Next using the cookie cutter that matches your choosen cookie shape, cut out the icing.
Option 1: You could use some sugar paste (mix alot of sugar, with a little bit of boiling water to make a liquid-or even a quick brush of water) and stick the icing onto your biscuits at this stage, OR you could do this later.
Next, take your food dye and squeeze some into your dish. Take your paintbrush and your rubber stamp, dip your paint brush into the dye and paint it onto your rubber stamp. I must admit, that I ended up not using the paintbrush and just found my finger much more effective.
Next, carefully place your stamp on top of the icing and press down evenly. Practice a few times first on some test pieces as it takes a few goes to work out the right amount of food dye and the right amount of pressure.
As already mentioned, there are 2 options. Option 1 is to put the icing on the cookie and then stamp it with an image. Option 2 is....
Option 2: To ensure that you get perfect images stamped onto your icing is to stamp the cut-out icing first, discard any that have smudged or bled, and then place the perfect stamped icing on top of the cookie.
The downside to option 2 is that the stamped image may smudge when placing the icing on top of the biscuit, the downside to option 1 is, that if you make a mistake, you'll waste a biscuit. You can decide!
By the way...thank you for all the positive feedback about my new quilt,if you haven't seen it yet you can see images on my facebook page, or you can read a lovely review on Bari J's blog, We Love French Knots.