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Candy Melts

Get Creative with Candy Melts®

Whether using store-bought cookies, take-n-bake or homemade cookies, you can dress them up with easy-melting Candy Melts® candy by Wilton®. You don’t have to worry about clumping and burning, like you would with regular chocolate. Candy Melts Candy comes in tons of vibrant colors and limited edition Christmas flavors too!candy-melts-bars

Use Candy Melts Candy to Dress up Christmas Cookies

  • Melt candy and dip half, or your entire cookie for instant color.
  • You can add interest with sprinkles, while the candy is still wet.
  • Drizzle Candy Melts candy back and forth for a ribbon-like effect.
  • Draw a unique design, or try something simple like a sprig of holly.

peppermint-drizzleVisit Wilton.com for instructions on how to add detailed drizzles to your Christmas cookies.

3 Ways to Decorate Slice and Bake Christmas Cookies

The holidays can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on baking holiday cookies that look and taste great. Use pre-made, slice and bake cookie dough with these three easy Christmas Cookie techniques:

1. Use Wilton ColorMist™ Food Color Spray to add a pop of Christmas color using Green Color Mist, Red Color Mist and Gold Color Mist Food Color Spray.

2. Roll your cookie dough log in colored Christmas sprinkles or decorating sugar and then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours before baking so sprinkles or sugar stays put. Slice and bake.Slice and Bake Cookies

3. Bake, brush cooled cookie with piping gel. Sprinkle colored sugar on top.

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Go ahead… we won’t tell anyone they weren’t homemade!

Decorate with Candy Canes

10 Ways Decorate Treats with Candy Canes

More than just a traditional icon of Christmas, the candy cane has many uses! You can use candy canes as an inexpensive and unexpected way to decorate Christmas treats and even décor. Add holiday cheer to just about anything. Here are a few tips from our crafty friends at Wilton®:

1. Break into small pieces and use as sprinkles on cookiesCandy Cane Cookies

2. Add them to hot drinks and use them as drink stirrers in hot drinks like hot cocoa.Candy Cane Drink Stirrers

3. Crush them and top ice cream, cake and other sweet treats with peppermint flavor.Candy Cane Crunch Cookies

4. Display them in decorative clear glass jars

5. Use them as edible cake pop sticks.

6. Build a Christmas tree out of candy canes.

7. Make a candy cane wreath.

8. Use two candy canes to make a candy sleigh, stacked with miniature candies and tied with a bow.

9. Tie two together upside down and use as name card holders at a dinner party.

10. Pulverize them and the rim of your glass in for an instant Christmas cocktail.

 

What out-of-the-box ways have you used candy canes?

5 Christmas Cookie Gifting Tips

We love to give cookies for the holidays, and our friends at Wilton® have given us 5 great cookie gifting tips for giving sweet treats! Check them out.

1. Always completely cool cookies before packaging or storing

Always cool cookies before giftingIf they’re still warm when you try to put them in an airtight container, you’ll create condensation within the container and the result is a soggy cookie. Gross! To layer cookies in a container, separate each layer with waxed or parchment paper.

2. Never store crisp cookies and soft cookies together

Never store crisp and soft cookies togetherSoft cookies will make crisp cookies soggy. Store soft cookies in an airtight container and crisp cookies in a container with a loose lid. If your crisp cookies became soft during storage, crisp them up by heating in a 300° oven for 5 minutes.

3. Store different cookie flavors in separate containers

Store different cookie flavors in seperate containers

If you’ve made sugar cookies and mint chocolate chip cookies, you wouldn’t want to store them together. The mint will overpower the sugar cookies, and they’ll take on that flavor.

 

4. When gifting cookies, consider the proper containers

When gifting cookies, consider the proper containerAn airtight container is probably going to be preferable as it will preserve moisture. That’s not to say you can’t put your cookies in an airtight bag first and then inside a cute gift box or tin. If you plan in mailing your cookies, soft moist cookies, cookie bars and drop cookies ship the best. Whether that means layering parchment or waxed paper between them so the cookies don’t stick together (if they are frosted for example), or bagging them individually, or arranging them just right so they don’t shift in transit. Just be sure that whatever materials are touching the cookies are food safe.

5. You can freeze cookies

You can freeze cookies to enjoy in the months aheadAlmost every drop cookie dough you can think of – chocolate chip, peanut butter, shortbread or sugar – get better with a little (or a lot) of chill time before baking. You can store your dough up to 3 months in the freezer! Missing that extra special holiday cookie fix in March – just dig it out of the cold and bake away!

Let us know who you are sending cookies to this season!

 

How to Flood Your Snowflake Cookie Using Color Flow Icing

You may have seen beautifully iced Christmas cookies and asked yourself, “How do I do that?” Learn how to “flood” Christmas cookies like a pro and create stunning cookies for your next holiday party.

How To Flood A Cookie

Fill a decorating bag with thinned Color Flow by Wilton and use tip 3 to pipe along the perimeter of your cookie.

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Then, fill in your outline. An angled spatula works great to spread the icing.

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If your design requires tinted Color Flow, add the icing color of your choice a toothpick at a time until you reach the desired color. The icing should be tinted before being thinned down.

Next, decorate as desired with more piped icing in a contrasting color or icing decorations!

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What is Color Flow Icing?

A very sweet flavored icing, Color Flow Icing does exactly what it’s name states. It flows onto your cookie surface, then dries shiny. The flowing texture can be made as thin or as stiff as you desire, depending on the amount of water added.

Color Flow Icing will create decorations that completely cover your cookies. It can also be used for icing plaques of various designs.

Color Flow Icing yields deep, vibrant colors when mixed with Wilton® Icing Colors. Some may fade while sitting in bright light.

Color Flow Icing can be stored in an airtight, grease-free container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Air-dried decorations last for months.

Color Flow designs take a long time to dry, so plan to do your color flow piece at least 2-3 days in advance.

Let us know how much you love Wilton® Color Flow Icing!

 

Preserve Your Gingerbread House

How to Preserve your Gingerbread House, Christmas Tree or Cookies

Wilton’s easy Pre-Baked Gingerbread Christmas Tree is easy to assemble and fun to decorate. Plus it makes a great centerpiece all season long!

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 1Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 2Gingerbread Christmas Tree Step 3 Gingerbread Christmas TreeHere’s a tip! You can also preserve it and display it every year. Use clear acrylic to seal it. Warning – once sealed, your gingerbread treat is no longer edible! Not even a lick!

Gingerbread House Preservation Tips:

  • Let your gingerbread house dry in a warm room for 24 hours.
  • Place the dry house in a well-ventilated room and spray well with varnish.
  • Warning: A brush might knock off candy.
  • Make sure to cover the house completely with varnish – inside door frames and windows included. Spray the inside first, and then circle the outside.

You can use these tips to preserve your gingerbread Christmas tree, gingerbread houses and cookies. You can cut holes in gingerbread cookies and loop ribbon through to make homemade Christmas ornaments. What a lovely memory to hang on the tree year after year!