Birthdays are occasions where you rejoice and have lots of fun. Everyone loves to have his/her favorite food on that very special day, which comes once in a year, and cookies usually take a prime place in the list of favorite food items. There are many ways to decorate birthday cookies. With a little bit of time, patience and perseverance, you can outdo the decorations seen on cookies that you often notice at eating joints or the one that come in various cookie packs. Here are a few tips to help you know how to decorate birthday cookies.
Birthday Cookies Decorating Ideas
Decorating Cookies before Baking
It is possible to decorate birthday cooks before baking also. Some things that you can place on your birthday cookies before baking are:
- Colored sugars or natural sugars, such as pearl sugar
- Jimmies, non-pareils, silver and gold dragées, and other sprinkles
- Raisins and dried fruits ,such as cranberries
You can also go for a colorful look and paint your birthday cookies before baking them. Prepare edible food paint out of an egg yolk, mixed with a few drops of food coloring, and color the cookies with a fresh paintbrush. The paint would dry after baking and give the cookie a colorful, glossy look. To have a frosted look on the birthday cookie, you can go for dough of frosting consistency, which would be piped on to cookies with a pastry bag fitted, with writing or star tip. Thereafter, you will bake the cookies. The resultant look will be of a frosted cookie, but with the frosting baked on and hard.
Decorating Cookies after Baking
Birthday Cookies can also be decorated after baking. All it requires is some liquid-based substance that acts like a glue to attach other items. Usually, this takes the form of frosting, icing, or melted chocolate. Icing is a thinner, more liquid substance. As it dries, it thins out, becomes very smooth across the surface of your cookie and hardens. You can use it for lettering on the cookie or even drawing some small cartoons on it, after it has been baked.
You can even resort to dipping method to create a design on the birthday cookie, after it has been baked. Dip one end of your cookie or half the cookie, or even the whole cookie into the melted chocolate. Set the cookie on a wire rack to let the chocolate harden. If you wish, you can sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut, or non-pareils over the melted chocolate before it hardens. Let them sit for some time and your decorated cookies are ready to eat!