This design was so easy to follow. Thank you Lila Loa for coming up with this design and sharing it with us cookie fans.
Heres the Video on Lila Loa’s site to walk you through the steps.
Ok friends I have attached some photo’s of the process and have used the same recipe from my Nordic Roll-out cookies and standard Royal icing recipe which you can find here.
Nordic roll-out Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups raw sugar
¼ Cups Agave Nectar
4 cups Unbleached flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cardamon
½ orange Tablespoons orange zest/oil
½ scraped vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350
If you need a visual step by step for the cookie roll out process please look at my Valentine Cookies.
Fit mixer with paddle attachment. Cream butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add agave and combine.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Add zest and vanilla to and egg to butter mixture and beat until smooth.
Add dry ingredients but do not over mix or cookies will be tough.
Divide dough in half and llay dough on plastic wrap; refrigerate at once. Can be in fridge for a number of days.
I use cookie spacers on my rolling pin to ensure the same thickness each time.
I would highly suggest placing your rolled out shapes in the freezer for 10 minutes.
When ready roll out to desired thickness and cook at 350 for 9 to 12 minutes.
If you have a recipe you favor please use your favorite one. Royal Icing is hard to work with and I use what works for me.
2 Tablespoons Crisco
2 Tablespoons Light Karo Syrup
7 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 Cup Water
Flavoring of your choice
Colors I used were Americolors in green, gold, brown, orange. I also used some red dust for the cheeks of these little stinkers.
Once I had the green and black colors mixed I began tracing out half of the cookie just as she explained in her video.
As you can see my black felt through their hats didn’t come out as nice as hers but it was my first attempt.
Then I mixed brown with orange to come up with their beard color and traced their beards.
I took a small amount of the beard color and mixed it with white icing until I had the flesh color I was looking for.
Then I mixed yellow with a bit of orange to get the gold embellish for their hats.
I then waited about 10 minutes to plop the eyes down. These were left over eyes that had laying around but if you don’t have any you can easily make them by placing dabs of white royal icing on parchment or wax paper and then dotting it with royal icing in black then store them for how ever long you need them.
From here I just took and edible black marker and added their grins. Then touched their cheeks with a small paint brush dipped in shimmer dust. I had red on hand so that’s what I used.
Now they are packaged and ready to go.