One of our favorite things about winter is that it’s more than OK to eat extra cookies and drink hot cocoa with loads of whipped cream. These mug-hugging cookies sit perfectly on the edge of your hot drink, just waiting to be dunked. Cute enough to cheer up the grouchiest Grinch!
What you need:
- Square cookie cutter
- Green fondant
- White royal icing (10 second consistency)
- Disposable piping bag
- Plain round piping tip
- Yellow fondant
- Edible glue
- Black edible paint
- White edible pearl lustre paint
- Blade tool
- Thin food safe paint brush
- Medium thickness food safe brush
- Small sharp knife
- Light Karo syrup
1. Cut, cut, cut
Use a cookie cutter to cut out as many squares as you need. Once the squares are laid out on your lined baking tray, you’ll need to cut away a slender notch where the cookie will slot onto your mug.
Make sure to measure the mugs you’ll be using so you cut the notch to the right width. Then make the cut using a small, sharp knife. Chill and bake according to your recipe.
2. Glue on the fondant
When the cookies are cool, paint the surface of your cookie with a little light Karo syrup. This will act as edible glue.
Roll out your green fondant and use your square cookie cutter to shape it for your cookies. Then, use a small sharp knife to cut away a notch to match the cookie. Place it on top of the cookies, lining up the edges.
3. Pipe out your ribbon
Bag up your white royal icing into a disposable piping bag fitted with a tiny plain round piping tip (we use an Ateco 2). Pipe a line down the center of your cookie, from the top to your notch. Then, pipe another line horizontally, approximately ⅓ down from the top of your cookie.
6. Label the gift
For the gift tag, cut out a small rectangle of yellow fondant. Use a thin paint brush to address the gift to the Grinch! Use more edible glue to attach this piece near the center of your cookie.
5. Finish with a bow
Add a frosting bow by piping long, angled loops out from the center of your previously piped lines. Below the loops, add your the tails. Set your cookie aside and let it dry — this could take anywhere from a few hours to a whole day depending on the humidity where you live.
Pro tip: for royal icing work, we always keep a sheet of parchment paper near by and pipe a few lines while we're decorating. That way we can tap this "test icing" to check if it has set without ruining the actual cookies!
Once your cookies have set, they’re ready to hand out and enjoy. Make some for all the little Whos in your life!