Quick and Easy Christmas Cookies

December 15th, 2009 by Cheryl Brown

If you are anything like me at this time of year, you are always looking for shortcuts to make your holiday baking quick and easy, yet still look and taste fabulous when given as a gift or served at your holiday party.

Sparkle Edge Icebox Cookies There are some tried and true “shortcuts” that I always use and are always a big success. One of the recipes I use which is a real winner is our Three-in-One Cookie Dough. This recipe is wonderful as it can be used for spritz cookies, roll and cut-out cookies, and also slice and bake cookies. This recipe can be used for so many quick but fabulous looking cookies…..a must on my cookie baking list of recipes.

Slice and bake cookies are one of the quickest and easiest cookies to make. After mixing your dough, (a lot of cookie doughs can be used for this as long as they are stiff enough to hold the roll) roll it into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Your log can be then rolled in a large variety of different colored sugars or holiday sprinkles. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the logs for approximately 2 hours. Pull from refrigerator, remove plastic wrap, cut into 1/4 inch slices place on a cookie sheet and bake. These can make a beautiful array of different cookies depending on the sugars or sprinkles you use.

An even quicker shortcut for people who are really strapped for time is to purchase the pre-mixed rolls of sugar cookie dough sold at your local supermarket. Roll the dough in the sprinkles or sugars and handle as above. Voila! You have quick fresh baked holiday sugar cookies.

Always a winner is Wilton’s holiday stencils or the icing decorations. Both are fun accents when added to any cookie. Again cut your cookies as above or in shapes, bake and cool and then add your stencil or icing decoration to the middle of your cookie. Add sprinkles or sugars to the edge of the cookies for some added pizazz.

An easy gourmet truffle filling can make beautiful small sandwich cookies. Take one can of the Ready-to-Use chocolate decorator icing, add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla, mix. Use this as a filling between two shaped or small round cut-out cookies. Use a round #12 or star #21 to pipe icing on one cookie and then top it off with another cookie, press lightly together to seal. You can also roll these edges in holiday sugars or sprinkles too.

Chocolate Drizzled Macaroons You can do a multitude of different and very gourmet looking cookies just by using Wilton’s candy melts® in assorted colors. Any cookie recipe can be drizzled, dipped, poured and even decorated with candy to add an elegant finish to them and always a big hit for flavor. Again, when dipping, adding sprinkles or sugars you are always adding to the overall appeal. And don’t forget nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts), chopped or whole added after dipping or pouring add elegance and flavor also. Dipping or drizzling any store bought cookie and then adding sprinkles adds your personal touch and can take them from boring to beautiful within minutes.

Another fun, quick but WOW idea I do for kids’ parties and gifts is take my cereal treats recipe (whether it be with krispie cereal, corn flakes or oat cereal rings) and tint the mixture green using Wilton’s icing colors. I make wreaths or mini tree shapes and then decorate them using candy gumdrops and/or cinnamon drops.

Marbelized almond bark adds color and interest to any cookie tray. You can marbleize your chocolate and white candy, but I also like to add in Wilton’s red or green candy melts and marbleize it with white. The combination creates a festive color burst!

There are many variations to many recipes I use. Sometimes things just happen in my kitchen when my daughter and I start using our imagination. The key for me is to not limit my imagination. I also encourage my daughter to use her imagination. We usually end up with truly a wide assortment of cookies in very little time, and we have a lot of fun while doing it.

This weekend I will line up my counter in my kitchen with my melting pots, my candy melts® and all my sprinkles, sugars and nuts in bowls ready to go and let the creating begin!!!

Happy Holiday Baking!

Cheryl Brown Cheryl has been the decorating room supervisor at Wilton for 3 years and truly enjoys the fun and exciting projects that are produced daily in the room. Cheryl’s start in the cake decorating/ baking industry came young as her first job was in an in-store bakery helping the bakers and decorators. Since then she has had many roles in this industry from retail to management to sales and has loved every aspect of the business. Cheryl’s daughter is a decorator in the making and has taken a few courses at the Wilton School as well as decorating and baking at home with Mom. Cheryl also spends a lot of time as her daughter’s chauffeur. Between dance classes and riding and showing her horse, they still find time to visit Cheryl’s family and friends back in Canada.

47 Replies

  1. maria says:

    Thanks.

    es muy bonito todo lo de las galletas Wilton es my sitio favorito, porque encuentro recetas y cosas maravillosas para mis pasteles, estoy tomando el curso Wilton # 3 en Hickory en la tienda de A.C. Moore y estoy muy emocionada, muchas gracias por todos los invaluables consejos, que dios te bendiga y que tengas una feliz navidad

    Maria

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      English Translation
      This is very nice everything about cookies. Wilton is my favorite site because I find recipes and wonderful things for my cakes. I am taking the Wilton course 3 at A.C. Moore in Hickory and I am very excited, thank you for all the invaluable tips. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas

  2. Sandra Redondo says:

    Tengo varios moldes Wilton, me encanta todas las ideas que me aportan para variar con diferentes disenos esos mismos moldes. Me encantaria que me dijeran si en Costa Rica hay algun lugar o alguna persona que venda productos Wilton. Ademas si hay alguien que imparta sus cursos de decoracion.
    Gracias

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      English Translation

      I have several Wilton molds, I love all the ideas you suggest for making different designs using the same molds. I would love it if you could tell me if there is somewhere or someone in Costa Rica who sells Wilton products. Also, if there is someone who teaches your decorating courses. Thank you

      Response:

      We currently have a distributor/retailer named Tips located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The following is the contact information:

      TIPS
      CARRETERA A PAVAS
      50 MTS SUR Y 50 MTS OESTE DE CANAL 7
      SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
      CONTACT: Sr. ADRIAN OR ISRAEL GOLDGEWICHT
      TEL: +506-290-2449
      FAX: +506-231-6042
      E-MAIL: adrian@sol.racsa.co.cr
      E-MAIL2: tipssa@eacsa.co.cr

      Tips do offer their own cake decorating classes but they do not offer Wilton Method classes.

      Actualmente tenemos un distribuidor/comerciante llamado Tips ubicados en San José, Costa Rica. La siguiente es su información de contacto:

      TIPS
      CARRETERA A PAVAS
      50 MTS SUR Y 50 MTS OESTE DE CANAL 7
      SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
      CONTACT: Sr. ADRIAN OR ISRAEL GOLDGEWICHT
      TEL: +506-290-2449
      FAX: +506-231-6042
      E-MAIL: adrian@sol.racsa.co.cr
      E-MAIL2: tipssa@eacsa.co.cr

      Tips ofrecen sus propios cursos de decoración pero no ofrecen clases del método de Wilton.

      Thanks Cheryl

  3. sole says:

    hola, no tienen idea como encanta todo lo que ustedes hacen, estoy muy interesada en recibir clases, ojala virtuales, soy peruana y vivo en provincia, por favor respondanme, y una FELIZ NAVIDAD A TODOS PAZ Y BIEN
    SOLE SOTELO

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      English Translation

      Hello, you don’t have any idea of how much I love everything that you all do, I am very interested in taking lessons, hopefully virtual classes, I am Peruvian and live in province, please respond, and a Merry Christmas and Peace to all

      Response:

      Unfortunately, Wilton does not currently offer courses in Peru. However, we have distributor/retailer named Ediciones Zeta located in Lima, Peru. The following is the contact information:

      EDICIONES ZETA SCR LTDA
      JR. PACHACUTEC 1414
      JESUS MARIA
      LIMA, PERU
      CONTACT: Sr. JORGE ZAVALETA
      TEL: +511-4729-890
      FAX: +51-4725-942

      Desafortunadamente, en este momento Wilton no ofrece cursos en Perú. Sin embargo, tenemos un distribuidor/comerciante llamado Ediciones Zeta ubicado en Lima, Perú. La siguiente es su información de contacto:

      EDICIONES ZETA SCR LTDA
      JR. PACHACUTEC 1414
      JESUS MARIA
      LIMA, PERU
      CONTACT: Sr. JORGE ZAVALETA
      TEL: +511-4729-890
      FAX: +51-4725-942

      Thanks Cheryl

  4. Kathleen says:

    Your basic cookie recipe does not have baking powder?

  5. ivone says:

    eu acho lindo mas nao sei ler em ingles

  6. Milagros Ascona says:

    Hola, me gusta todo lo que hacen, sobre todo en decoracion de tortas, porfavor me podrian decir si aqui en Peru hay algun lugar donde vendan sus moldes yo vivo en la Ciudad de Arequipa y somos muchos los que queremos comprar sus moldes de tortas gracias y les Deseo una Feliz Navidad y un Prospero Año Nuevo

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      English Translation:

      Hello, I like all that you do, especially in cake decorating, could you please tell me if here in Peru there is a place where your molds are sold. I live in the city of Arequipa and many of us want to buy your cake pans. Thank you and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

      Unfortunately, Wilton does not currently offer courses in Peru. However, we have distributor/retailer named Ediciones Zeta located in Lima, Peru. The following is the contact information:

      EDICIONES ZETA SCR LTDA
      JR. PACHACUTEC 1414
      JESUS MARIA
      LIMA, PERU
      CONTACT: Sr. JORGE ZAVALETA
      TEL: +511-4729-890
      FAX: +51-4725-942

      Desafortunadamente, en este momento Wilton no ofrece cursos en Perú. Sin embargo, tenemos un distribuidor/comerciante llamado Ediciones Zeta ubicado en Lima, Perú. La siguiente es su información de contacto:

      EDICIONES ZETA SCR LTDA
      JR. PACHACUTEC 1414
      JESUS MARIA
      LIMA, PERU
      CONTACT: Sr. JORGE ZAVALETA
      TEL: +511-4729-890
      FAX: +51-4725-942

      Thanks Cheryl

  7. angelica says:

    hola quisiera que mandaran la receta de galletas en espanol

  8. Matha says:

    Hola me gustan todas las recetas que veo yo hise un curso hace 4 anos y megusta todo relacionado con decorasion

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      English Translation:

      Hello. I like all the recipes that I see. I took a course 4 years ago and I like everything related to decorating.

  9. Nupur says:

    Hi
    I love baking and would like to do courses with wilton . Can you pls tell me if you have any courses in Mumbai or anywhere else in India and also where your products would be available in India
    Thanx

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      Hi Nupur

      The only location for classes in India is quite far from Mumbai in Maduarai. This is also a source for purchasing Wilton products.

      Indianfoods
      Riverview Campus, Madurai
      Rameswaram Highway
      Madurai 625201
      India
      Tel +91-452-246-5400

      I hope this helps
      Happy Holiday baking
      Cheryl

  10. Oseni jane says:

    I’m not a cookie frick thou, but i like giving them as gifts. I’ve decided to bake some “FlapJack” as gifts this xmas season. I’m going to use wheat oat, dessicated coconut, brown sugar, golden syrub or honey etc. It will come out fine, no mess.

  11. Tayo Idris says:

    I will like to seize this application box .
    to make a Course request online from Wilton, please how possible, Am inAfrica Nigeria, Lagos State, District; Surulere. Please reply through my stated email above.

  12. mayra says:

    hola soy una ex estudiante de wilton ahora quisiea que me ayuden hacer mi sueño en realidad de combertirme en una nueba profesora de wilton hay muchas personas que quieren a prender lo que ofrece wilton i yo estoy dispuesta acerlo hay mucha jente ispana que quiere recibir los cursos en español i creo que soy la persona indicada tengo la experiencia requerida i muchos titulos cualquiir pregunta se las contesto muchas gracias mayra guerrero desde new york city

  13. anu says:

    hi,
    Where can i get Wilton products in Mumbai ( India) ?

  14. Cheryl Brown says:

    Anu…we currently do not have a distributor in Mumbai, India. If you contact one of the distributors in neighboring countries they will tell you how they can ship to you.
    Their information is below

    Sri Lanka:
    UNION HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD
    (MEMBER OF HANTS GROUP)
    1081 MARADANA ROAD
    COLOMBO 8, SRI LANKA
    CONTACT: MRS. ROMA ANTHONY
    TEL: +94 11 2933460
    FAX: +94 11 2934155
    E-MAIL: hants@slt.lk

    Malaysia:
    INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF CAKE ARTISTRY SDN. BHD.
    1-1 TO 1-3A, JALAN PJU 5/15, DATARAN SUNWAY, KOTA DAMANSARA, 47810 PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA.
    CONTACT: ROSALIND CHAN
    TEL: +603-6140-8835
    FAX: +603-6142-1501
    E-MAIL: rosalindchan@rogers.com
    WEBSITE: http://www.rosalindscakeartistry.com & http://www.2decoratecakes.com

    Good Luck
    Cheryl

  15. kaveri says:

    hi ,
    im so keen on taking the wilton cake decorating courses…whts the closest place you r holding classes to new delhi . Wht abt madurai? do they hold the classes or r they just stockists of wilton products? also wht prospects of coming to new delhi..i would luv to bring wilton to the capital city…

  16. Pallavi sawhney says:

    Where are wilton products available in Delhi/gurgaon? do you have any classes running here in Delhi/Gurgaon, India?

  17. Cheryl Brown says:

    We do not have any classes available in Delhi. For Wilton products, we recommend you contact our distributor in Sri Lanka:

    UNION HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD
    (MEMBER OF HANTS GROUP)
    1081 MARADANA ROAD
    COLOMBO 8, SRI LANKA
    CONTACT: MRS. ROMA ANTHONY
    TEL: +94 11 2933460
    FAX: +94 11 2934155
    E-MAIL: hants@slt.lk
    Thanks!
    Happy Decorating Cheryl

  18. Divya says:

    Hi,

    I read an inquiry from a Mumbai based Nupur, which was posted in Dec of 09. I have done a couple of the Wilton courses during my travels to the US. Is it true that there is a dealership in Madurai?? Is it still an active dealership and do they still have classes??

    That would be great!!! I live not far away from Madurai and would love to learn more

    Divya

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      Yes Divya…. the location in Madurai is actively holding classes.

      INDIANFOODS LTD.
      RIVERVIEW CAMPUS
      MADURAI-RAMESWARAM HIGHWAY
      MADURAI, TAMILNADU 625201
      India

      Thanks and Happy Decorating

  19. karina says:

    HOLA

    ME GUSTARÍA SABER SI TIENEN ALGÚN REPRESENTANTE EN LA CIUDAD DE GUADALAJARA, JALISCO (EN MI PAÍS MÉXICO) DE SU MARCA , ME GUSTARÍA YA SEA TOMAR ALGUN CURSO SOBRE DECORACIÓN DE PASTELES, EN ESPECIAL LOS TIPO FONDANT. O ADQUIRIR EL MEJOR LIBRO QUE ME PUEDAN RECOMENDAR SOBRE DECORACIÓN DE PASTELES Y DONDE LO PUEDO ADQUIRIR, ASI COMO MOLDES O INSTRUMENTOS PARA DECORAR.

    SALUDOS

  20. Lucinda says:

    Is it cheaper to buy Wilton Products in US/UK or UAE

  21. sophia wasdell says:

    Hi,

    I m keen on taking the wilton cake decorating courses…whts the closest place you r holding classes in mumbai for the year 2011

    Regards
    Sophia

  22. Dela says:

    Dear Cheryl,

    Could you please help me with regards to Wlton classes in Mumbai, India.

    Very eager to join the same

    Looking forward to a positive reply

    Thanks & Regards,

    Dela

  23. Claudia says:

    Hi, I would like to know if by today you have an authorized distributor of your products in Peru, not only books, but all your products, I am very interested in this please, I hope you can anwer me, thanks!
    Claudia

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      Here are the distributors in the Peru listed on wilton.com – I hope this helps:

      EDICIONES ZETA SCR LTDA
      JR. PACHACUTEC 1414
      JESUS MARIA
      LIMA, PERU
      CONTACT: Sr. JORGE ZAVALETA
      TEL: 011-51-14-729-89
      FAX: 011-51-14-729-94
      EMAIL: jzavalet@edizeta.com.pe

      Metro Enterprise Perú SAC
      Ave. Primavera 1981 #403
      Monterrico-Surco
      Lima 033 – Perú
      CONTACT: Roger J. Chavez Dextre
      TEL: 011-51-4444-107
      MOB: + 511-980-962-418

      EMAIL: rogerj@mepsaperu.com

      Happy Baking
      Cheryl

  24. Radhicka says:

    Hi
    I just wanted to know if the place mentioned below is an authorised wilton classes school.

    Culinary and cake decorating school
    New friends colony
    New delhi
    India

    Also let me know of any authorised place to take wilton classes
    Thanks
    Radhicka

  25. Cheryl Brown says:

    Sorry Radhicka this is not an authorized wilton school.

  26. Prachi says:

    Hi,

    I want to know about wilton classes in india.

    thanks.

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      Sorry we do not have any classes in India at the moment.

      • Natalie says:

        Hey Cheryl,
        I knw this post is old but I would like to be an exclusive distributor for wilton products here in mumbai… how do I go about it…???

        Regards
        Natalie

  27. sneha says:

    hi,

    i want to know,are there any wilton classes in melbourne ,australia..?

    • Cheryl Brown says:

      At the moment the below distributor conducts authorized classes, I am not sure how close this is to Melbourne but you could give them a call for information.

      Good Luck
      Happy decorating

      ZORATTO ENTERPRISES PTY LTD
      5/22 BEAUMONT RD
      MT KURING-GAI NSW 2080
      AUSTRALIACONTACT: JENNI ZORATTO

      TEL: +61294570009

      FAX: +61294579222

      EMAIL: jenni@zorattoent.com.au

      WEBSITE: http://www.zorattoent.com.au/

      AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT WILTON METHOD CAKE DECORATING CLASSES COURSE I, II & III.

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