I am wondering HOW MANY cookies do you usually give per family? I know it depends on family size, but for example how about a family of 4? The cookies with be your average size.
If you have used Alice's Modified RI, does it get 'rock' hard or just firm up for stacking. I want to cover the cookies with an icing that is stackable, but not hard.
Holy cow, I can't believe I am thinking about this already..it must have been the thread on the 'holiday shopping' that made me start thinking of Christmas
This is what works for me since I have a large extended family.
About two weeks ago somebody on either this forum or Cake Central gave me a blessing by posting a sale on cookie tins at Michaels--they were 60% off so I bought all they had in two different stores (about 25 total). There were two sizes, one will hold about 6-12 med/lg decorated cookies, and the smaller will hold 2-4 cookies, depending on how much pretty paper is put on the bottom of the tins.
I plan on using these tins with decorated sugar cookies for everyone on my list! The smaller tins will be perfect for teachers, coaches, and casual friends like the mailman, etc. The larger tins will work great for close friends and family. I read on this forum that you can freeze your undecorated cookies, so I'll be able to make a whole bunch over time, then just decorate like crazy. It will be so much easier since all the baking will be done. Also, having all the decorating stuff out will be sorta like a production line for one.
I learned that you can make cookies really fast by using the same cookie cutter to cut out a piece of fondant, then attach to cookie with a smear of buttercream, then brush on some luster dust. I purchased a set of Autumn Carpenter's Snowflake Cookie Cutter & Texture Set. Here's a link to explain, http://www.autumncarpenter.com/products/product.aspx?product=6
and here's a link where you can buy the set for $17: http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?productId=636150
(You could also use any kind of impression mat with your existing cutters.)
I'll probably do like beckthewreck and throw some colorful candies in the tins to make more festive, then just wrap the tins with pretty ribbon and Ho Ho Ho!
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