Cookie Necklaces November 29 2010, 15 Comments

We know.. adorable right?  This is Olive, Greta's little girl.  She is lucky enough to be an occasional Daily Mixer taste tester.

The cookies are pretty sweet too.

We sandwiched vibrant royal icing between colorful cookie rings and coated them with a ton of sprinkles.

String them onto strands of bakers twine and get ready for the wide-eyed smiles!

Mix up a batch of our favorite cutout cookie dough and divide into 6 equal parts.  Dye each part a different color using Gel Paste Food Coloring, we used Deep Pink, Orange, Electric Yellow, Mint Green, Electric Blue, and Regal Purple.  We recommend mixing the food coloring into the cookie dough in between plastic wrap to protect your hands from getting stained.  The dyed cookie dough will not stain your hands once its mixed in.

Cover each ball of cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

Roll out your cookie dough to 1/8" thick, one color at a time. Use a 7/8" round cutter, its the smallest cutter in our Round Circle Cutter Set, to cut out your circles.  Pop them out of the cutter right onto your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Use a plastic drinking straw to punch out the center holes in your cookies.  Press the straw into the center, twist your straw and lightly hold the cookie down when you pull out the straw.  We used a different straw for each color of dough.

Bake for 9 minutes turning the cookie sheet once during baking.  Keep a close eye on your cookies.  You want them to be done, but not browned.  Let cool.

Mix up a batch of royal icing.  We usually recommend our favorite royal icing, but in this case you should use traditional royal icing so that it drys really hard.  Divide into 6 equal parts and dye each part a different color using Gel Paste Food Coloring.  We used Super Red, Orange, Electric Yellow, Mint Green, Electric Blue, and Regal Purple.  Royal icing dries pretty quickly so make sure to keep your icing covered while sitting.

Roll a cuff on your Disposable Decorating Bags and place in drinking glasses to keep them upright while loading with icing.  Pour your icing into your decorating bags, twist shut and secure with a rubber band.

Snip the end of your bags and pipe on your icing.  We found it helpful to keep the icing closer to the outer edge of your cookie.

Use a bamboo skewer to keep your cookie centers aligned while sandwiching. This is important to make stringing the cookies easier.

We then kept the sandwiched cookie on the skewer while sprinkling.  This made it easy to get the sprinkles all around the cookie without touching the icing.  We thought our Tiny Heart Sprinkles and our Non-Pareils Sprinkles, in all different colors, were perfect for these cookies.  The cookies are tiny and so are the sprinkles.

Let the cookies dry uncovered overnight.

Now you are ready to string your cookies!

We used 3 different colors of Bakers Twine for each necklace.  Cut your bakers twine about 36" long and thread onto a large needle.  We found this over-sized needle in the knitting section of our local craft store.  Thread your cookies using a candy from a candy necklace as a spacer between each cookie.  12 cookies seemed about right to us.  To wear the necklace just put around the neck of your lucky little one and tie the remaining bakers twine in a bow.

A pretty blue, orange, and yellow combo.

An adorable pink, orange, and yellow combo.

Red, pink, and green.. perfect for Christmas!

Cute little cookie necklace monster.

The cousins had to come over and give them a try.

Its official.. our cookie necklaces are a hit with the little girl crowd!

Supply List
• Round Circle Cutter Set
• Super Red Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Deep Pink Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Orange Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Electric Yellow Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Mint Green Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Electric Blue Gel Paste Food Coloring
• Regal Purple Gel Paste Food Coloring
• 6 plastic drinking straws
• parchment paper
• 6 Disposable Decorating Bags
• 6 rubber bands
• bamboo skewer
• Tiny Heart Sprinkles
Non-Pareils Sprinkles, our Non-Pareils Assortment would be perfect for this project!
• candy necklace taken apart
Bakers Twine, we used 3 different colors per necklace

Royal Icing Recipe
• 1/2 pound confectioner's sugar
• 2-1/2 tablespoons meringue powder

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, meringue powder, and a scant 1/4 cup water on a low speed. Beat until mixture is fluffy yet dense, 7 to 8 minutes. You want this icing to be on the think side, not to thin or runny.

• • Tomorrow • • Blueberry Button Pops • •