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Poinsettia Cookies

Posted by  ·  December 8, 2010  ·  Last Updated: December 8, 2010

These beautiful cookies were part of a cookie decorating class at my shop Sweet!

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough and grab a poinsettia cookie cutter and you a ready to go! These cookies are topped with a corn syrup glaze instead of royal icing.

Corn Syrup Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1Tbsp. corn syrup
1 Tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. vanilla (or flavoring of your choice)

Stir together and add color. If necessary, add more water to adjust consistency.  To check for the correct consistency touch the top of the icing with your finger and pull up. The frosting that drips from your finger should settle back into the icing and not be visible after 5 seconds. If it disappears too quickly, it will be too runny. If you see it after 5 – 8 seconds it will be too stiff to pipe.

Place glaze into a piping bag fitted with a number 3 pastry tip.

Outline cookie.

With same tip, fill in the cookie. A benefit of the corn syrup glaze is that you can pipe and fill with the same consistency of icing.

Allow glaze to slightly dry. Pipe the center of the poinsettia in yellow with a number 3 tip.

Sprinkle yellow sanding sugar on the wet yellow glaze.

Tap off the extra sugar. The red should be dry before this step so the sanding sugar only sticks to the wet yellow.

Outline the poinsettia with the red glaze.

Beautiful Christmas Cookies!

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  1. Martha Sanchez
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    me parecio una forma muy buena de decorar sin glaseado real, voy a hacerlas gracias por compartir.
  2. Thursday, December 13th, 2012
    These are so gorgeous!
  3. Sunday, December 19th, 2010
    beautiful!!! LOVE them!
  4. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Beautiful and yummy!
  5. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    wow lovely decorated cookies, I just love the bright red colour! marvellous
  6. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    I love it ^^
  7. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    pretty, pretty!
    I love how shiny the icing is, I use it all the time :)
  8. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Just wanted to say I love your blog. I read it all the time, but never comment. So I'm coming out the closet to say thanks for all the great ideas and beautiful images and easy tutorials. Love it all!
  9. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Looks so good! an professional! Maybe I should try my hand at these...
  10. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Very pretty!
  11. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Does the icing harden up like royal icing?
  12. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    They look too good to eat! I am going to have to make them.
  13. Amy
    Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    Corn syrup glaze!!!!! I have a child who is allergic to eggs and I've been searching for a way to decorate cookies in this style without royal icing. I am thrilled to see this today! It feels like the moment Alton Brown told me (and everyone else watching the TV!) that I could substitute milk for eggs in cookie recipes. Can't wait to try it!