Whether or not you’re in an area which receives snow during the holiday season, making these hat and mitten decorated cookies will put you in a festive mood – and if you’re sharing them others, they’re sure to be charmed by your gift! At first glance, they may look complicated to make, but with a few recipes and tips, you’ll easily be making these too.
I was happy to make these for Go Bold With Butter, a must-see baking and savoury recipe resource for those interested in all-natural ingredients and delicious buttery taste. I wanted to show how using a yummy buttercream or smooth royal icing can be combined in your cookie designs! You can find my tutorial here as well, and definitely check out all the other tempting recipes there!
- hat and mitten cookie cutters
- food gel coloring (of your choice)
- piping bags
- snowflake stencil
- offset spatula
- #18 star piping tips
- #2 piping tips
- sanding sugar
Once you’ve made your icings, baked your cookies, and let them cool to room temperature, they’re ready to be decorated. We’ll start with the royal icing. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.
Outline the hat shape with royal icing. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.
With the same icing, flood, or fill in your shape. Shake the cookie gently to help smooth the icing out.
Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.
Place your stencil on the tried icing, and smooth some white royal icing over the design with an offset spatula.
Using your buttercream icing in a piping bag fitted with an #18 star tip, pipe a few shells for the rim of the hat. Sprinkle on some sanding sugar if you like.
To pipe a basic shell, hold the piping bag at about a 45-degree angle, at the 6:00 o’clock position, with the tip slightly above the surface of your cookie. Squeeze the icing out of your piping bag, then relax the pressure and pull the piping tip towards the surface of your cookie. Let go of the pressure completely, lift the piping bag away and repeat.
Using a #18 star tip, pipe a swirl of icing for the pom pom of the hat.
Sprinkle on some sanding sugar if you like, and let your cookie dry for 6-12 hours before packaging.
Follow the same basic decorating instructions to make mittens too.
There are so many decorating options – have fun with your designs!
If you’d like to try marbling (as in the mittens above), you can find a detailed tutorial here.