this idea on another cookie decorating blog, and I just had to try it myself. I sent some to my nephews for Christmas, but I think it works any time in the winter as a fun activity or gift.
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough (one batch will make 7-9 snowmen kits)
Set of 3 nesting biscuit cutters
Icing Tip #12
Piping Bag and Tip # 1, 2 or 3
triangle cookie cutter
White and/or Clear and/or Orange sprinkles
Bags or Boxes, tags and raffia ribbon for gifting
To make the cookies:
Use the nesting biscuit cutters to cut out three "snowballs" for the body. You will need three for each snowman. (Or you could do two, if you want smaller snowmen.)
To cut out the hats and arm rectangles, I just use a spatula and eyeball them. No two are exactly alike.
Decorating the cookies, as I said above is really quite simple. You can use whatever colors you want, outlining would even be optional, if you want to skip that step.
Click the Royal Icing Recipe link for more information on making the icing, coloring the icing, and the flooding icing technique.
(I did use some powdered black icing coloring for this icing, and while it only actually colored the icing a light grey, I was able to then use less black gel coloring, and I think that helped them dry better and quicker.)
For the buttons, I outline with various colors, then fill them, and immediately place two gold sprinkles, or add two small dots.
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