Top the cookies with frosting (homemade or purchased) that is soft but not too runny. (Sprinkles will not stick to dry, stiff frosting.) Drop on fancy sugar or colorful sprinkles before the frosting has set. Or press in chocolate candies to create additional pops of color or add features.
When it doesn’t have enough time to set, your just-made decorations are prone to nicks and smudges. Follow this tip: Leave the cookies undisturbed for at least 24 hours to fully dry. Depending on the thickness of your icing and the layers on the cookie, it may take longer.
Sugar: Cookies can be decorated with sugar before or after baking. To help the sugar stick before baking, brush each cookie with beaten egg white with a pastry brush, top with a light coating of sugar and bake. After baking, apply to sugar to wet icing or piping gel.
Decorated Cookie Storage
Once the cookies have completely dried, they can be stored either in an airtight container with waxed paper in between each layer, or in an airtight bag in a single layer. You can store them at room temperature for up to one week.
Skip the frosting, and brush the tops of cooled cookies with an egg wash made with pasteurized egg whites and a splash of water. Immediately sprinkle the egg wash with fancy sugar and/or sprinkles. Text: Try this technique with Easy Peppermint Candy Cookies or Snowman “Star” Cutouts.
Make sure the baked cookies are completely cool before decorating them. In order for the icing to completely harden on top of the cookies, it needs at least 24 hours to set. If the cookies aren’t completely cool, the icing will melt.
After preparing your cookie dough, refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. This will make the dough easier to cut with cookie cutters (especially intricate ones) and may help prevent your cookies from spreading in the oven. … (Here’s how to roll out cookie dough like a pro!)
The easiest thing to do is to brush the tops of the cookies with a little bit of water or milk, using just enough to dampen the cookie dough and no more. This will help the sprinkles stick and won’t change the finished appearance of the cookie when you’re done baking.
When Baking Cookies When Do You Put The Sprinkles On? Sprinkle or sugar on the cookie dough rounds before baking them. Place the cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.
If you want to add sprinkles to cookies, cupcakes, breads, or cakes before baking, that is totally and completely ok. Add sprinkles to the tops of these baked goods right before they go into the oven. Adding sprinkles to “wet” batter is the only way to get them to stick without an additional “glue” like frosting.
Decorate cookies, cupcakes, and cakes with icing or frosting first, and then sprinkle with sanding sugar. To add sparkle to muffins and scones, sprinkle the sanding sugar over the tops just before baking. The sugar will stick to the dough, but won’t melt during baking, so the baked goods emerge warm and sparkling.
However, we have found that the best way to store your sugar cookies at room temperature is in a cool, dry place. Don’t leave them near heat or direct sunlight. Your best bet is to store them in a closed pantry that is slightly cool and dry.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
PRO TIP: Yes you can freeze baked cookies decorated with royal icing. Puts each cookie in an individual freezer bag, and then stack the bags in a freezer container for extra protection. Thaw the cookies in the bags, in the container, at room temp for several hours before unwrapping.