Give your Independence Day celebration a pop of color with these cookie-topped treats. The cupcakes are enhanced with boldly decorated star cookies. The cupcakes are baked in Wilton Blue Celebration ColorCups baking cups for a festive flourish.
Make cookies one day in advance. Prepare and roll out dough following recipe directions. Use second smallest star cutter (2 1/4 in.) from set to cut cookies. Bake and cool cookies.
Fill in cookies. Prepare royal icing following recipe directions. Tint portions red and blue. Reserve remaining white icing. Use tip 3, cut disposable decorating bag and full-strength colored icing to outline cookies. Use thinned colored icing to fill in outline. For striped cookies, use tip 2 and thinned red to flow in stripes before icing sets. Let dry overnight.
Decorate cookies. Use tip 1 and 2, and thinned white royal icing to pipe various sized dots on red and blue cookies. For striped cookies, use tip 14 and full-strength blue royal icing to pipe stars. Let dry, about 1 to 2 hours.
Make cupcakes. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool cupcakes. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Use tip 2A and icing to pipe swirl on cupcake. Position star cookies on cupcakes.
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.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.