A Paint-by-Numbers Christmas

December 7th, 2011 by Kristie Sarmiento

I admit that I find baking cookies a bit intimidating. When it comes to baking, I’m totally a cupcake girl. I even leave cupcakes for Santa. But when I saw the Wilton Paint-by-Numbers Cookie Pan, I decided to give it a shot. I mean, it’s paint-by-numbers… how much easier can it get?

Paint by Numbers Cookie Pan I followed the recipe for sugar cookies from the back of the pan and pressed the dough into the cavities, which were already sprayed with Wilton Bake Easy™ Non-Stick Spray. They baked to a beautiful gold and popped out easily onto my cooling grid. Then it came time for the fun part… decorating!

Decorating is no fun by myself, so I enlisted the help of my favorite holiday elves: my nephews Tyler and Evan. As well as my sister, who admittedly, is a much taller and older elf.

Before they arrived, I prepared our decorating workshop using a sheet of Wilton Parchment Paper to line each place setting. I placed the Sprinkles, Icing Decorations, Candy Eyeballs, Sparkle Gel and warmed Cookie Icing in the middle of the table for easy reach by everyone. Then we all picked from the variety of cookies: a gingerbread boy, gingerbread girl, snowman, or Christmas tree.

Decorating the Cookies

The Paint-by-Numbers cookies had cavities with raised edges in between, perfect for mess-less filling by little hands. The Cookie Icing came in squeeze bottles that were easy to use – only warming was needed. Plus, the icing cools so that it’s dry to the touch, and makes it perfect for decorating cookie gifts! I used the Homemade for the Holidays Treat Bag Kit since it has tags which can be personalized with your own message.

Paint by Numbers Cookies

The 6-Mix Christmas Sprinkles had a variety of decorations for everyone… even little star and circle shapes perfect for cookie tree ornaments! The Snowman Royal Icing Decorations looked like little toys held by the Gingerbread boys and girls. Enjoying the Hot Chocolate And the Sparkle Gel was a big hit, creating a beautiful glittery finish on all of our cookies.

We finished the night watching Polar Express with mugs of hot chocolate during the hot chocolate scene. I used the Cocoa Trimming Kit to add a snowman marshmallow and peppermint flavor to each cup.

And what were our favorite cookie decorations, you ask? A gingerbread couple dressed for a Christmas dance. I hope Santa brings them a gingerbread puppy while they are out celebrating the holidays!

Paint by Numbers Dancing Couple Cookies

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Kristie Sarmiento Kristie is the Associate Product Manager for Party. An artist at heart, she enjoys anything that allows her to express her creativity: sketching, scrapbooking, planning themed kids’ parties, decorating tasty treats and – her personal favorite – making tutus. Part of a very large and close-knit family, she loves to celebrate any occasion, which makes working at Wilton a perfect fit.

3 Replies

  1. Billi says:

    these are adorable! such a good idea to keep kids busy while waiting for Santa.

  2. Auntie Chuchie says:

    I know those cuties, they’re Tyler & Evan and their Mom Allison.

    Great job Kris!

  3. Julie says:

    What awesome cookies!!! Great pan. I have a question about Royal icing, can you make it ahead of time? If so how much ahead of time? Decorating gingerbread houses and cookies this weekend with bunch of little girls and Im trying to make life easier.

    Thank you

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