Anyone else need a little Christmas this year? This gal sure does. I busted out the decorations and the Christmas music way earlier than I ever have! I’m not really one for doing a ton of Christmas baking, because I usually end up eating all of the cookies myself rather than saving them for company. And with COVID this year the number of Christmas parties has shrunk, so the opportunities for bringing out the Christmas baking have gone way down. These Mickey Christmas Sugar Cookies are the exception. They are a real crowd-pleaser and a fantastic gift idea for all of the teachers, daycare workers, and co workers in your life this Christmas. So settle in, cause this is a multi-step, multi-day activity.
Icing & Decorating
Make a large batch of royal icing, and then separate your icing into as many bowls as you need colours. This is not the time to skimp on pigment. Use a gel based food colouring in order to get the really strong, bold colours. The icing tends to dry a little lighter, so you will want to make sure that it is nice and dark, especially for the red and the black. Using a small bottle with a fine tip (look at your local Dollar Store), draw an outline for the colours making sure that it is fully enclosed. This outline is what gives the cookie its nice clean edges.
While it is drying, add a couple of teaspoons of water to the icing to loosen it up. This is called flood icing, the outline holds the structure and the flood icing fills in all available space. FYI, this is why you need to make sure the outline is fully enclosed. This creates a smooth, consistent texture. I used a toothpick to guide the icing to the edge. Before heading to the next step, let the icing dry completely. If you don’t, the next layer will sink into it.
Finally, use a small plastic Ziploc bag to pipe the last details on to the cookie. For fine lines use Wilton tip #5, and for superfine lines use #3. You can also just use a plastic bag with a small cut. If you want to have a ruffled look like we did for Santa Mickey, use a small Wilton #21 or #27 decorating tip. For the wreath we used Wilton tip #67. Small Mickey sprinkles make the perfect addition. Mini M&M’s make great buttons and light bulbs; Nerds or other small candies would work as well. There are so many ways you can decorate them!
Here’s what we used in this post. If you don’t have a set of Mickey Mouse cookie cutters already, just do it. We literally use them for everything! Our favourite set is this one from Amazon because it comes with all the different sizes. (P.S. If you love making Mickey-shaped food check out our Mickey Beignets: Disneyland Copycat Recipe)
We’d love to see the designs of your Mickey Christmas Sugar Cookies! Feel free to tag us @stressfreemickey so that we can see your beautiful cookies!
Have a magical day!
Heidi & Elisia
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