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Mrs. Weasley's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Mrs. Weasley's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies Will Leave You in Stitches

Here's an ugly Christmas sweater your loved ones can't refuse! Start with an ugly sweater cookie cutter ($8) and use this recipe for roll-out sugar cookies and royal icing. Dye the icing to your liking (I made maroon with a few drops of red and 1 drop of black and the bluish-gray with a few drops of blue and 1 drop of black). Feel free to make gold for the lettering, if you have the patience! We piped on the first initial of every guest at our party — it makes for a fun and memorable favor. The easiest and best way to actually ice the cookies is with a piping bag fitted with round tips ($15). Not great with cookie decoration? No worries! The uglier the cookie, the more like Mrs. Weasley's actual sweaters. Happy Christmas!

Mrs. Weasley's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Adapted from Alton Brown and Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food

Notes

Use a #2 or #3 icing tip.

Mrs. Weasley's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 1 batch sugar cookie dough
  2. 1 pound powdered sugar
  3. 2 large egg whites
  4. Red, blue, and black gel food coloring

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper or Silpats.
  2. Roll out cookie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use a sweater cookie cutter to cut out the dough. Place the cookie-dough rounds at least 1 inch apart on the half-sheet pan, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to let them cool completely.
  3. While the cookies cool, combine the powdered sugar and egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until completely blended and the icing holds a ribbon-like trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle. If it's too thick, then add water 1 teaspoon at a time; if it's too thin, then add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired thickness. Divide the icing and dye to your liking, then transfer to piping bags fitted with round tips.
  4. To decorate, pipe or spread a thin layer of the royal icing on a cookie. Allow the icing to dry and harden completely before piping on lettering and sweater details. Let dry completely before storing or stacking the cookies.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts
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