I admit that I find baking cookies a bit intimidating. When it comes to baking, I’m totally a cupcake girl. I even leave cupcakes for Santa. But when I saw the Wilton Paint-by-Numbers Cookie Pan, I decided to give it a shot. I mean, it’s paint-by-numbers… how much easier can it get?
I followed the recipe for sugar cookies from the back of the pan and pressed the dough into the cavities, which were already sprayed with Wilton Bake Easy™ Non-Stick Spray. They baked to a beautiful gold and popped out easily onto my cooling grid. Then it came time for the fun part… decorating!
Decorating is no fun by myself, so I enlisted the help of my favorite holiday elves: my nephews Tyler and Evan. As well as my sister, who admittedly, is a much taller and older elf.
Before they arrived, I prepared our decorating workshop using a sheet of Wilton Parchment Paper to line each place setting. I placed the Sprinkles, Icing Decorations, Candy Eyeballs, Sparkle Gel and warmed Cookie Icing in the middle of the table for easy reach by everyone. Then we all picked from the variety of cookies: a gingerbread boy, gingerbread girl, snowman, or Christmas tree.
The Paint-by-Numbers cookies had cavities with raised edges in between, perfect for mess-less filling by little hands. The Cookie Icing came in squeeze bottles that were easy to use – only warming was needed. Plus, the icing cools so that it’s dry to the touch, and makes it perfect for decorating cookie gifts! I used the Homemade for the Holidays Treat Bag Kit since it has tags which can be personalized with your own message.
The 6-Mix Christmas Sprinkles had a variety of decorations for everyone… even little star and circle shapes perfect for cookie tree ornaments! The Snowman Royal Icing Decorations looked like little toys held by the Gingerbread boys and girls. And the Sparkle Gel was a big hit, creating a beautiful glittery finish on all of our cookies.
We finished the night watching Polar Express with mugs of hot chocolate during the hot chocolate scene. I used the Cocoa Trimming Kit to add a snowman marshmallow and peppermint flavor to each cup.
And what were our favorite cookie decorations, you ask? A gingerbread couple dressed for a Christmas dance. I hope Santa brings them a gingerbread puppy while they are out celebrating the holidays!