Monogrammed Holiday Cookies

9 gorgeous ways to create a unique cookie gift or party favor for your friends and family.

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  • Monogramming -- a centuries-old tradition long reserved for handkerchiefs, stationery, and bed linens -- is experiencing a renaissance. On the following slides, we show you stunning ways to use this decorative art form to create gorgeous, truly unique holiday cookies starting with our basic Sugar Cookie Cutouts.

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- In a saucepan, melt white chocolate slowly, stirring constantly.
    -- Spread a thin layer of warm chocolate onto transfer sheet.
    -- Press transfer sheet gently onto cookie with chocolate side toward cookie.
    -- Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
    -- Carefully peel off the transfer paper.
    -- Decorate with piped dots of melted white chocolate.

    Resources: Pink Raspberry Ribbon Stripe Transfer Sheet (#5999-TR-RR-1), Fancy Flours, Inc., www.fancyflours.com.

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Press rubber stamp firmly into cookie dough; press dough randomly with bamboo skewer.
    -- Bake cookie as directed; cool completely.
    -- Apply rose-colored petal dust and super-pearl petal dust as desired with a small, soft-bristle brush.

    Resources: Rose-Color Petal Dust (#521078) and Super-Pearl Petal Dust, Sweet Celebrations, www.sweetc.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Ice your sugar cookie cutouts evenly with lukewarm melted semisweet chocolate.
    -- Allow icing to dry.
    -- Place stencil (purchased from a local crafts store) atop dry icing.
    -- With a small soft-bristle brush, lightly brush stencil's open area with corn syrup.
    -- Sprinkle pink nonpareils and white celery decor evenly over corn syrup.
    -- Remove stencil; allow corn syrup to dry completely

    Resources: White Celery Decor (#542547), Sweet Celebrations, www.sweetc.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Cut cookies into desired shapes.
    -- Using a small, soft-bristle brush, apply light green Royal Icing to cookie top.
    -- While icing is wet, carefully apply snowflakes.
    -- Allow icing to dry completely, then pipe on dark green Royal Icing (recipe below).

    Resources: Snowflake Quills (#541753), Sweet Celebrations, www.sweetc.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Using a plain tip, pipe red icing on a cookie.
    -- Allow to dry completely
    -- Pipe white icing in desired letter shape on cookie.
    -- Sprinkle with sanding sugar while icing is still wet.

    Resources: Pure Cane Confectioner's Standing Sugar (#30414), Sweet Celebrations, www.sweetc.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Spread melted semisweet chocolate over baked cookie.
    -- Set U-shape cutter gently on cookie.
    -- Sprinkle pink edible glitter carefully around cutter.
    -- Remove cutter and allow cookie to dry completely.

    Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters (#4300-ST-AL-1, large; #4300-ST-MA-1, small), Fancy Flours, www.fancyflours.com; Pink Edible Glitter, Sweet Celebrations, Inc., www.sweetc.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Add one or two drops of red food coloring to some cookie dough; knead dough.
    -- Cut out with O-shape cutter.
    -- Bake and cool.
    -- Apply icing to other cookie.
    -- Apply O cutout to base cookie while icing is wet.
    -- Allow cookie to dry completely.

    Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters (#4300-ST-AL-1, large; #4300-ST-MA-1, small), Fancy Flours, www.fancyflours.com

  • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

    Directions:
    -- Cut individual cookies into any shape you like.
    -- Then cut an initial in the center of each cookie.
    -- Bake according to sugar cookie recipe.
    -- Cool completely, then drizzle with pink, green, and white Royal Icing (recipe below).

    Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters #4300-ST-AL-1 (large) or #4300-ST-MA-1 (small), Fancy Flours, www.fancyflours.com

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    This design is a snap to make. Place stencil on cool sugar cookie. (To create the "u" on this cookie, we used a chipboard letter from a local crafts store.) Sift evenly with powdered sugar. Carefully remove stencil.

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    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.
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