Here's a simple and pretty way to dress up your holiday cookies – all you need are powdered sugar, a stencil, and a steady hand. Winter and holiday themed stencils are available commercially from companies like Wilton and Martha Stewart Crafts and of course you could design own, but we're using some of the free, downloadable designs that we found online.
To make a stencil, you just trace the image onto card stock or a plastic container lid and cut it out with a craft knife. Then lay the stencil on top of the cookie and dust with confectioners' sugar. Depending on how the stencil is cut, the sugar part of the design may be positive or negative. In either case, it looks quite lovely on a dark chocolate or ginger cookie!
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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