Summer is in full swing! Time to eat some BBQ, get a tan and use every possible excuse to have a party. When it comes to party tables, colorful garlands are one of my favorite decorating tricks. They are easy to make and you can pick any colors to match your theme. Today’s cookie project is a delicious take on this classic decoration. Just like paper garlands, the cookie versions are fast and easy to make but the best part is that you can eat them.

Here is how to make them:

Cookie Garlands
 

makes 50 flags
Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 1½ stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • to make royal icing:
  • 1 2lbs bag of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • food coloring

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
  4. To make royal icing, mix all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer on low speed for a minute to combine. Then crank up to high speed and mix for 7 minutes.

 Let’s start by making our cookies.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture:

Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined:

Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together:

Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F:

For this project, I am using a mini triangle cutter. It is part of an Ateco set of tiny geometric shapes. Very useful.

Click here for more info on this cutter set:

Start by cutting out your shapes:

Take a wooden skewer and poke holes into each cookie:

Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown.

As soon as you take them out of the oven, poke them again with the skewer to make sure the holes don’t close up. The cookies do puff up a tiny bit in the oven so you want to make sure the holes stay open. Let cool completely.

To make royal icing, place all 3 ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and mix on slow for a minute to combine. Increase to high speed and whip the icing for 7 minutes. I chose bright happy colors for today’s cookies. You can use whatever colors match your theme…

Once the icing has dried, use colorful twine to tie them all together.

If you can’t find fun twine or want to make your own in any color, here is a link to a previous post on how to make your own…

How to make your own cotton twine in any color

 Have a great summer!!!