And yes, I’m a little biased and a lot proud. A few mornings ago I made sugar cookies with my niece (and bakerella in training). I decided to let her do all the decorating. I need a helper you know. She was so excited to step up to the challenge. First, I told her to look through the book Cookie Craft  for some ideas. But she would have none of that. She was determined to jump right in. So I made up a few different colors of royal icing and put her to work.
First up… Learn how to pipe the outlines. This is one of the hardest things for me, but I think she did great. Look how determined.
Can you see the creative wheels spinning?
Now more piping.
And time to flood the inside for a smooth finish (with a more liquid consistency).
Work that toothpick.
And flood …
Below, you can you see the first signs of “Please, can I turn the Suite Life of Zack and Cody back on?”
“Nope, keep flooding.”
And finally some finishing touches.
Yes, I love them.
She even made a special one for NaNa.
In the end she was sooooo proud.
And so was I.
I think Santa approves, too!
If you want to learn how to make decorated sugar cookies with royal icing, get your hands on a copy of the book, Cookie Craft . It’s fantastic. Here’s a look at my first set  (so far, anyway) of decorated sugar cookies. I can’t wait to do more.
And, Happy Holidays everyone from the both of us!
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 Cookie Craft: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580176941?ie=UTF8&tag=bakerella-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1580176941
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 my first set: http://bakerella.blogspot.com/2008/09/flower-power.html