Bridget's PINK and RED Christmas Cookies~MAGIC!

I'm so haPPy you stopped by!
Guess who's here?
Guess who's here on Bainbridge to spread a little COOKIE~MAGIC!
Guess who's one of my besties in the whole wide world~not just in blog-land?
Guess who I chatted and giggled with for 2 solid hours on the phone last week?
Guess who's coming to SEATTLE~Bainbridge Island in March!?
Guess who's writing her very own COOKIE book?!
Guess who I blow about a million kisses to~at least once a week~all the way to Texas!
BRIDGET!
BRIDGET!
BRIDGET!
That's who!
Delighted to have you here my friend!
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Hey y'all!  I'm Bridget from Bake at 350!  I'm so, so happy to be here at Blooming on Bainbridge today!  {I mean, how can you *not* be happy surrounded by the JOY that is Teresa...Blooming on Bainbridge is one of the happiest places on earth! Hi, Greg!  Hi, Doogan!!!}
My theory is that blogs are like the eHarmony of friendships.  As soon as I "met" Teresa online, I knew I had found my bloggy soul-sister.


Here's how most of our conversations go:
"YOU love ruffles?!?  I love ruffles!!!"
"YOU love the song "Let it Be"?!? I love the song "Let It Be"!!!'
"YOU love Ina Garten?!?  I love Ina Garten!!!"
"YOU love bright lipstick?!? I love bright lipstick!!!"

Well, you get the idea.  One love that we share is the love of pink and red...together.  So, I thought I'd bring a little pink & red Christmas to Bainbridge (figuratively speaking)...and show you how to decorate some at your house!

{I promise, they are easy to decorate...and you might just get a few extra goodies in your stocking of you set them out for Santa!} 

Here's what you'll need:
  • ornament sugar cookies
  • royal icing, divided and tinted grey, red and pink {I use Americolor gel paste colorings and swear by them!  For these I used Super Black (just a bit), Super Red, and Deep Pink.}
  • disposable piping bags
  • couplers and #2 decorating tips
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
  • meringue powder
  • silver sanding sugar
  • red sanding sugar (optional)
First, you'll use a #2 tip to pipe the top of the ornament in grey icing.  Don't worry about making it perfect, you'll be covering it in sanding sugar.

Next, use another #2 tip and the red icing to outline the cookies.  Also, section off areas you'd like to fill with different colors.

Now, you'll thin the red and pink icings with water.  You'll want it to be the consistency of a thick syrup.  Add water a bit at a time and stir gently with a rubber spatula.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula, popping any large air bubbles that have formed on top.  Pour the icings into squeeze bottles.

Fill (or flood) the outlines with the thinned icing.  Use a toothpick to guide icing to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

Want to get dotty?  Fill an area in one color, wait a few minutes (I usually work about 6 cookies at a time, then go back to the first cookie), then drop dots of the other color on top of the wet icing.

How about doing a little marbling?  Instead of dots, like above, pipe horizontal lines of the other color.  Then, run a toothpick up and down through the icing.

Let the cookies dry, uncovered, 6-8 hours or overnight.

I like to add sprinkles and sanding sugar after the cookies are dry.  That way your "add-ons" will go exactly where you want them, and you won't worry about smudging the icing or having it run off the cookie.

Set up a sanding sugar station.  You'll need meringue powder mixed with water (I start with 1/4 teaspoon of each), sanding sugar, a small paintbrush and a coffee filter.

Paint the meringue powder mixture onto the cookie where you want the sanding sugar to stick.  Over the coffee filter, sprinkle on the sugar.  Shake off the excess; use the filter as a funnel to put back into the container.   


In the end, you'll have a pile of toothpicks that looks like this:


And a pile of cookies that looks like this:
So, there you have it...a pink & red Christmas!

Thank you, Teresa, for letting me hang out on Bainbridge today!!!  I'm SO going to make it there in person...SOON!!! :) 

34 comments:

  1. Such beautiful cookies! Loved the blog and photos. Thank you for sharing how to make them, I learned lots of good tips!

    ♥ Thank you, Teresa and Bridget!♥

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  2. awwwwwwwwe, my two favorite girls!!

    LOVE those pink and red Christmas cookies B!! They are PERFECT for Teresa!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Beautiful as usual Bridgett! Love your work!

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  4. I mean Bridget - sorry about the spelling :)

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  5. Teresa! Yay, I'm on Bainbridge!!! Well, almost.

    Thanks for letting me come over to decorate cookies today!!! *mwah*

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  6. Bridget brought me one of these cookies and a glass of wine on a hard day last week. I love her.

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  7. Yay!!! Love you both! Xoxo! Red and pink Christmas! I need some girly in my life ;) This outta do the trick!

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  8. Love this! I'm a huge fan of pink & red. I so want to try!!

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  9. Those are divine cookies! Go check your emails Teresa,I have sent you something! :0)

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  10. ahhh I'm in love!! Thank you so much for the steps and photos!

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  11. You made and decorated the perfect cookies for a visit with Teresa on Bainbridge Island!

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  12. You two are ADORABLE.

    ADORABLE!!

    Love this post. LOVE!!

    And how I'd love to listen in on one of your conversations!

    Merry Christmas to you both, I'm grateful to call you friends!!

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  13. I always marvel at your lovely cookies...but then I read that you have to let them dry uncovered...for a long time. Don't the cookies get hard?

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  14. darling!! i'm wanting to make cookies saturday, but we'll see how crazy it is with six of my grandkiddos here!!

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  15. Bridget on Bainbridge... There's a song in there somewhere! How fantastic to come here and get the treat of seeing two of my very favorite bloggers!

    Merry Christmas!

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  16. I love Bridget! Awesome post, I will have to try these soon.

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  17. Beautiful as always! Nice to have a bestie to share things with

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  18. Love it! This post is fabulous, and you both are fabulous!

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  19. Oh these are the cutest ornament cookies ever! I love them! xo Diana

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  20. Beautiful, Bridget! I love these bright and festive Christmas ornament cookies - and you know anything in pink is thumbs up in my book. Super cute designs as usual too!
    Happy holidays to both you adorable ladies!

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  21. The sweetest, cutest, most adorable ornament cookies ever! I love them ;o)

    Merry Christmas to both of you!

    xxoo
    Debbie and Kiki

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  22. Sure wish I could join you guys! What a fun time you will have!!! GREAT cookies! She makes it looks so easy!
    Merry Christmas!
    Jeanne

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  23. Gorgeous!! Hope you both have happy happy holidays! Love the pink and red :)

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  24. Amazing cookies!!! I am going to look for them Here this weekend!

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  25. Thank you ladies these are so pretty and girly!

    Wishing you all the sweetest Christmas - lots of love Kitty xxx

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  26. The pink and red Christmas is beautiful! I sure love the sanding sugar added too. You two are going to have a blast together:) Merry Christmas!

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  27. A beautiful idea, and they probably taste as good as they look.

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  28. love these cookies want to try it never done it before maybe will try it shortly

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  29. Gorgeousness!! I need to learn "flooding" technique soonish :D

    Happy New Year, y'all :D

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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  30. I just started following your blog, and I love it ! I am introuble though because I feel like I want to reach through the computer screen to eat your cookies! Thanks for sharing !

    A Southern Bee Diary

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  31. What a great site and the content is just amazing!!

    Shannon
    http://whimsical-inspiration.blogspot.com/

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