I think I've saved the bast for last. Or at least the cutest. Not sure which! Anyways, I was inspired by the pinata cookies that have been seen around pinterest lately. You know, the cookies with the mini m&ms inside?
I love star shaped anything so my cookies had to be Christmas stars. I was very tempted to draw black eyes a la Super Mario on these though. Don't they look like the invincibility stars from the game? or maybe the warp stars in Kirby?
They'd definitely be cute at a video game themed party. All they need are the eyes drawn on with a black icing pen!
This filled cookie technique can be applied to practically any shape. Maybe a Christmas stocking or a square present shape? Or how about 'confetti' filled cookies for a New Year's Eve party? Use sprinkles for confetti et Voila! Instant party!
I added a lot of yellow gel food coloring to my dough but it still came out very pale so I ended up using a fondant type flow icing after they were assembled. I liked the flavor and think it kept the cookies soft.
I rolled my dough out on the thick side. I didn't want a fragile cookie and it needed some depth to hold the M&Ms.
Assembling the cookies is easy, but only if you made sure that your sugar cookie recipe isn't one that spread much! I suggest this one by Sweet Sugarbelle. It always turns out for me and is a sturdy base for any decorated cookie. It's yummy too! If you've never checked out her blog before, be warned, it's addictive! Her cookies are so pretty! I also used her royal icing recipe to glue my layers together. You don't need a lot! So maybe halve the recipe? I was assembling a Gingerbread Home at the time so I made a big batch and saved a little for these cookies.
A totally optional step: make Quick Pour Fondant to add additional color and flavor to your cookies. Bonus: it seals in moisture! It is a bit of a pain to use but only because it takes some time to set up and dry. I loved the flavor of this icing though and plan on using it in the future.
I can't believe I made so many sweet treats this holiday season! I wish Christmas would last a little bit longer. My neighbors have already begun to dismantle their light displays and trees. Mine will be up until the weekend after New Years I think. I want to look at my ornament laden tree a little longer and burn my balsam scented candle until I just can't take it any more. What was your favorite thing about Christmas this year? The lights, the smells? Being with family?