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Prepare dough omitting baking soda. Roll out dough 1/4 in. thick. Use giant gingerbread boy cutter set to cut one solid cookie and one with features cut out. Bake and cool completely.
Prepare buttercream icing. Tint red; reserve some white.
Use spatula to ice solid cookie; sandwich with top cookie with cut out features.
Make scarf. Use tip 3 and red icing to pipe two horizontal and vertical lines for scarf.
Decorate cookie. Use tip 3 and white icing to pipe zigzags on wrists and ankles. Cover zigzags with Christmas nonpareils.
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!
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.