Simply decorated cross cookies are made from a cut out cookie recipe then decorated with white royal icing. These cross cookies are perfect for first communion favors, baptism desserts, or Easter treats.
Cross cookies are sweet and simple. It’s first communion and confirmation time here at our house and these cut out cookies are perfect for your religious celebrations. Look how easy it is to decorate the cookies with a white royal icing.
Start with a basic cut out cookie and use your favorite cross cookie cutter. I used two different cookie cutters. This basic cross cookie cutter and this slightly more decorative St. Nicholas’ Cross cookie cutter.
Roll your dough about 1/4 inch thick then cut out your cross shapes. The key to consistently sized cookies is to refrigerate your dough both before rolling and then again before baking.
Icing these cross cookies can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. A basic, white cookie is elegant. Adding layers of white icing either as an outline or as intricate designs would work well. Small roses, a child’s name, or even a monogram would add a personal touch.
Sticking to a basic white decorating theme is ideal if you are new to using royal icing. Begin by outlining the cookie with a slightly thick royal icing then go back and fill in the space with a thinned royal icing. A teaspoon of water is usually all it takes to thin royal icing to a good filling consistency.
Let the icing dry for about 20 minutes then add a second outline on top for a decorative touch.
These cookies were part of a gift for my son’s religious school teacher. They also make easy favors at a first communion, baptism, or christening party. Wrap them individually in bags and tie with a festive bow.
Are you ready to try your hand at more royal icing decorated cookies? Here are some good ideas:
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