Carol of the Belles Cookies
These stand-up treats will have everyone singing their praises! Carol of the Belles Cookies use cute little bell shapes from our Holiday Mini Cutter Set. Each caroler holds a letter cut with Alphabet Cut-Outs to name that holiday tune.
Each cookie serves 1.
One day in advance: make cookies. Roll out dough. Cut 2 cookies for each angel using bell cutter from set. Trim one bell straight on bottom and one side edge to form easel. Bake and cool.
Position cookies on cooling grid over cookie sheet; cover with thinned white royal icing. Let dry overnight.
Decorate cookies on waxed paper covered cake boards. Using full-strength royal icing in red, outline and pipe in cookies with tip 3 (pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
Pipe tip 5 pull-out arms in red.
Tint a 2 in. ball of fondant copper. Roll a 3/4 in. ball head for each cookie; attach with icing. Pipe tip 2 zigzag fur collar in white.
For hands, roll 5/16 in. balls of copper fondant; score fingers with craft knife.
Tint a 1 in. ball of fondant green; roll out 1/8 in. thick and cut NOEL using alphabet Cut-Outs. Attach letters and hands with dots of icing.
Pipe tip 2 zigzag fur cuffs in white and swirl hair in brown. . Roll 1/16 balls of copper fondant for noses; attach with damp brush.
Pipe tip 1 dot and string eyes and mouth in black.
Pipe tip 352 holly leaves in green, tip 1 dot berries in red. Add tip 3 zigzag fur hat.
Attach cookie easel to back of cookie with icing. Position cookies.
The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!
A variety of leaves will help give your cakes a more realistic garden feel. Add piping gel to your icing to help keep your leaves from breaking.
Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.
Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.