Monogrammed Holiday Cookies

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

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

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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