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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

10 Tools/Supplies for Fancy Sugar Cookies and A GIVEAWAY!

I've avoided talking about my obsession with decoration fancy sugar cookies here on Prudent Baby because, well, I just don't find them very prudent. They are tedious. They are time-consuming. They are temperamental. But with that said, they are totally addictive to make and there is nothing quite like the delight on a toddler's face when you hand them an edible work-of-art. People, I'm here to confess, I dream about decorating sugar cookies.

The other day I ordered this book that had been floating around in the old Amazon wishlist for a while. I was ordering my book club book and was under the $25 to qualify for free shipping, you know how it goes.

This book is amazing! Full of information that I had always wondered about... the perfect way to pack sugar cookies for shipping, the fact that you can not only freeze cookie dough in balls, but un-baked cut cookies and also baked cookies, with no damage. This book is full of helpful tips of wonder and amazement!

So since Christmas is upon us and if you are ever going to try royal icing, now is the time, I'm going to share the top 10 things I think you need to jump in. This "kit" would make a fun gift for someone interested in getting started.

10 Tools/Supplies for Fancy Sugar Cookie making and the details of our first giveaway after the jump.

1. A good recipe. This is the one that I use regularly.

2. #2 tips - it's handy to have at least 4 (any craft dept)

3. Couplers - it's handy to have at least 4 (any craft dept)

4. Disposable decorating bags (any craft dept)

5. Meringue powder (any craft dept) - I use the Royal Icing recipe in the Wilton can but add a touch of lemon juice for flavor.

6. Gel food coloring - Americolor is the best and is only available online and at decorating specialty shops. carries it.

7. Squeeze bottles (any craft dept)

8. cookie cutters

9. Rolling pin guide rings (or cookie slats)

10. Spatulas - a small tapered spatula and a long angled spatula

Oh, and let's not forget a copy of Cookie Craft: From Baking to Luster Dust, Designs and Techniques for Creative Cookie Occasions by Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer

Which brings us to the giveaway. Leave a comment, telling us what your favorite holiday cookie is by 11:59 CT on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to be entered to win your very own copy of this great book! WE HAVE A WINNER, THANKS EVERYONE FOR PLAYING ALONG! A book that we are buying with our own money because we love you (and this book) that much. Whatever, it's only $12.32 but we still love you. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday December 2nd. Open to US residents only. One entry per person.

These gals also have NEW book. Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday I think I'll add it to the wishlist!

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Blogger Kimberly said...

I doubt my cookies would ever look as pretty as the cover of that book!
My favorite holiday cookie is a gingerbread (wo)man. I think I love these because they are easy for my daughter to decorate. they look cute no matter what she piles on.
Thanks for the giveaway, how generous!

November 25, 2009 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Sangeetha said...

I love gingersnaps

November 25, 2009 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Seven Layer Bars or Cornflake wreaths. Mmmm...

November 25, 2009 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger nrnoodle said...

My favorite cookies are peanut butter with Hershey kisses on top.

November 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Calee said...

The williams sonoma pumpkin cookies are pretty great but I think my favorite winter cookie is shortbread dipped in dark chocolate.

November 25, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My favorite are snowballs and gingerbread cookies. Yumm!

November 25, 2009 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Am I allowed to enter? Your sugar cookies are my favorite, seriously

November 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

My favorite has and will always be sugar cookies. The 2nd is my birthday so here's hoping! Love your blog.

November 25, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

I just got done making a batch of pumpkin shaped cookies for T Giving! I would love to have this book for all of the new ideas!!

November 25, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger annemarie said...

My favorite is spritz cookies - they are made with a cookie press - you cannot just eat one - so delicious.

November 25, 2009 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Sugar cookies, decorated beautifully with frosting and sprinkles. Throw in some hot chocolate and I'm the happiest girl around!

November 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Team Botanical said...

My mom is such an amazing baker that it's hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to go with poppyseed thumbprints with raspberry jam. (Probably because I can actually make those.)

November 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

My absolute favorites are the layered cookie bars with graham crackers, chocolate ships, coconut, etc.

November 25, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Ms. Mini said...

7 layer bar cookes say Happy Holidays to me!

November 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Hanna said...

what a pretty looking book! Cinnamon shortbread would be my fav.

November 25, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Bethie said...

Spiced Molasses Cookies!

November 25, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Cait said...

I love a good oatmeal cookie around the holidays - nothing beats a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie with icing and a cup of coffee!

- Cait

November 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Chocolate Chip Cookies!

November 25, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous J. said...

White Chocolate Macadamia ones--warm and gooey from the oven--are my pick!

November 25, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

I like sugar cookies for the holidays. It's been a long tradition for my mom, sister and I to cut out shapes and decorate together.

November 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger alanna rose said...

It's not Christmas without Pepparkakor pigs!

November 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I don't even know what they are called, but those little balls that are buttery and filled with chopped pecans and doused in powdered sugar. I think they are called Wedding Cakes or something like that at the grocery store. Those are the best!

November 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

The cookie press cookies with sprinkles that my Mom makes for the holidays are above and beyond the best!

November 25, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

Actually, I am a sugar cookie kind a girl. My 3 year old daughter is the same way - we love sugar cookies with icing! Yummmy. I am so excited about this giveaway!

November 25, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger SweetSugarBelle said...

My fave is traditonal gingerbread. It's never quite the same unless I make it during the holidays!

November 26, 2009 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Grimmy said...

My favorite are the snickerdoodles my mom used to make every Christmas.

November 26, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

My mom's "puddin' head gingerbread cookies" are out of this world at Christmastime! Soft, gingerbread with red hot buttons. So cute and amazing!

November 26, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favorite holiday cookies are peanut butter cookies with a chocolate star or kiss on top. Totally yummy!

November 26, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger camelama said...

My favorite cookie is an old family recipe for a swedish cookie - the rosette. I see these in every culture, I think it's a universal cookie! :)

November 26, 2009 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous babycakes and confections said...

Great blog! I'm a first-timer, here via papery and cakery, then Amy Atlas Events. I'm a pastry chef, which means that I make decorated cookies all the time. Great list, but I would suggest making shortbread cookies instead of sugar cookies for the decorated cookie base. I love sugar cookies, but they can get stale if the decorating project requires a lot of time. Shortbread cookies hold up remarkably well as decorated cookies.

My favorite holiday cookie are Linzer Heart cookies. I begged a pastry chef in Vermont to share her recipe, and she was amazing enough to bless me with the recipe. It's a shortbread base with an almond meringue piped edge, filled with seedless raspberry preserves. Mmmmmmmm...

Good luck! Can't wait to read more!


November 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

I love a buttery, Christmas-shaped Spritz cookie. They remind me of my childhood and now I make them with my own kids! My husband loves peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's kiss pressed into the center. I find nothing wrong with that either. We're planning to work on our gingerbread village this weekend. It must be almost Christmastime with all this cookie talk! That book looks like a winner!

November 27, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

My mom makes some killer white chocolate dipped red velvet cake balls, but i guess that doesn't really count as a cookie. I think Ill have to go with oatmeal raisin! Mom always used to insist that Santa liked them best when i was a kid, it took me years to discover the coincidence that my Dad and Santa had the same favorite cookie.

November 27, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger HD said...

Super cool blog. Glad I stumbled upon it.

Favorite cookie? Well, it's technically not a cookie but I serve it with other cookies and I only make it at Christmas-Venetians. They are a three layered cake. The first layer is a yellow cake (represents white) topped with apricot preserves, the second is a green colored cake, also topped with the preserves, and the top is a red colored cake. The whole thing is covered with chocolate on the top, flipped over, then done on the other side. Then they are cut into little rectangles, 2 bite size. Oh so yummy!

November 28, 2009 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favorite cookie is buttery sugar cookie :)

November 28, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Anonymous nancy said...

I like them all!

November 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger PumpkinFreckles said...

Our favorite Christmas/anytime cookie is a ginger cookie that my husband's Mam-ah baked for them when they were kids. And I, too, love to decorate cookies with royal icing and luster dust, sprinkles, and other fun extras. They are tedious, but so worth it. Thanks for the give away.

November 28, 2009 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I have to pick one? Oatmeal chocolate chip is always a favorite!

November 28, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Maryanna said...

I love the peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss in the center. Mmmm.

November 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger othersideofglass said...

I love regular chocolate chips the best.... but they are all pretty good.

November 28, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Ooh, what fun! My favorite cookie is the classic chocolate chip-they're the best fresh out of the oven!

November 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Greta said...

I often eat so much sugar cookie dough that I don't have much left for cookies, but this might inspire me enough to save it for baking.

November 28, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

I have always wanted to learn how to make good cut out cookies, they are a lot of work if you do them right or poorly, so you might as well learn the right way! I would love to have this book, so maybe I could take that final step and give it a go! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

November 28, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Lucie said...

Snickerdoodles! Yumm-o

November 28, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O dear, a Sunday on the couch clicking away Verwonderland -> Maya*Made -> Wisecraft -> Prudent Baby's giftlabels -> give-away. And of course I'll give it a try.

I love 'kruidnoten' this time of year. Sinterklaas (the Dutch 'father' of Santa Claus) throws 'kruidnoten' in our Dutch houses for richness (coins) and to keep us warm (they're a bit spicy). Try it yourselves, they are ready in 30 minutes (making dough en baking), and kids love them.
To be found on my blog,

November 29, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

I also LOVE painstakingly decorated sugar cookies. I plan out my designs on paper before hand and color them with colored pencils to see how much to tint the icing. These are my fav to make, but my fav to eat are Cherry Chocolate Chunk with Oatmeal and Toffee (you know, everything but the kitchen sink!)

November 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooohhh! I love sugar cookies, and this the perfect kit for me!!! I plan on making them for my son's class this Christmas! Great giveaway!

November 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Smith said...

Corn flake green wreaths with red hots for berries.

November 29, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Those Rainbow Cookies - also called Venetians, I think - are a favorite in my house. Lots of steps, but worth the effort.

November 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to make sugar cookies with my kids. They have so much fun decorating them. I would love to win this book.

November 30, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger BeeCee said...

My favorite has always been Swedish Cookie Balls--a very short plain dough with nuts & rolled in powdered sugar. (I think some call them Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes.)

November 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger irene said...

My families favorite cookie are "Yum Yums". Named by my children when they were small. My Mom would have tubs of them when we came to visit. They are still a family tradition and so addicting- really! My kids would get up in the night and sneak them. Originally called Scotcheroos- Rice Krispie like bars with peanut butter, topped with melted Butterscotch and Chololate Chips. YUM...

November 30, 2009 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

My favorite are a little ball cookie mde with walnuts or pecans and covered in icing sugar called 'polverones'. I love them because my grandmother used to make them for me when I was little girl. She would let me 'help' her roll them in the icing sugar and pretend not to see me when I would sneak a couple when they were still warm.

November 30, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Love said...

Stained Glass Windows! Colored mini marshmallows coated with chocolate in a log shape and sliced. So easy yet so magical:).

November 30, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Whitney Hardie said...

My favorite is a beautifully decorated sugar cookie. Almost too gorgeous to eat, but far too delicious not to.

Thanks for the giveaway - my best friend would freak over this book!

December 1, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger themagicalbean said...

My favorite holiday cookie are melt aways! SO Good!!

December 1, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

My second cousin used to make green sugar cookies with red crystal sprinkles. LOVE 'EM!

December 1, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles and sugar cookies. Mmmmm!!

December 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday cookies are iced Christmas cookies similar to the ones pictured on the front of the book! My mom and I make them together every year and take the ready-to-be-iced cookies to our family party so everyone can have fun with sugary icing and colorful sprinkles!

December 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Good old fashioned peanut butter cookies!!

December 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous david said...

My sister in law is a COOKIE MAVEN & baker extraordinnaire and I am in charge of her gifts this year - it would be such a joy to give this to her- I think she would love it! My personal fav cookie is a classic gingerbread man - spicy & delicious & needs to have the silver ball buttons like childhood, mmm can smell it now...

December 1, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger JuleeaD said...

My favorite Christmas cookie is ANY cookie. I absolutely love cookies. I do really enjoy decorated sugar cookies and only have them around during the holidays.

December 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I love any cookies really but I can't go past a good gingerbread cookie for christmas. I am hoping to make a gingerbread house this year. I have never made on before. Wish me luck!

December 1, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That book looks wonderful! My favorites are my grandma's candy cane cookies- twisted plain and red dough- yum!

December 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely a Christmas tree is my favourite!

December 1, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

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