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Swirl Cookies: Baking Tips!

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Here’s a fun, new, easy way to decorate sugar cookies- Swirl Icing!!

This works with any sugar cookie recipe, one is included at the bottom of the post, but if you have a favorite use yours!

After you’ve baked your cookies and they’re almost cool mix up your icing. You can use any mile you choose but powdered sugar is a must, it’s got the consistency we need for a sturdy icing. The words icing and frosting are often used interchangeably in baking and everyone has their own definition, but traditionally frosting tends to be the thick, creamy stuff you find on top of a cupcake, while icing is much thinner, just covers the cookie and usually solidifies as it dries. Today we’re making icing.


materials needed for swirl cookies


Combine you ½ cups of milk and approximately 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together until combined. It should become thick and viscous and coat the back of a spoon.


simple icing before color for swirl cookies


Once your ingredients are combined, add in a few drops of your favorite food coloring and draw a figure eight pattern with a toothpick (or similar item). 


swirl cookie icing step two


Take cooled cookies by the edges and with your hand and dip the cookie into the icing rotating your wrist (don’t fully submerge the cookie). 


dipping a swirl cookie


Pull the cookie out of the icing and place on a rack to dry. 


final product swirl cookies


This technique can work with any shape cookie and any color icing, although the larger the cookie the easier it is to dip 😉



swirl cookie recipe card


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