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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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