Sugar Sparkle Star Cookies
It’s that time of year where sparkles are everywhere you look – so, why not add them to sweet treats that you eat?
Adding colourful sugar sparkles – which looks like edible glitter – is a really easy way to make simple sugar cookies that bit more fancy – perfect for festive parties and special occasions!
Sugar sparkles can be made in any colour you wish – providing that you can find the liquid food colouring…or can mix different colours together to get just the custom shade that you want! And, the best part? It’s so easy to do!
Grab your supplies…
You literally need two main supplies to make sugar sparkles – caster sugar and liquid food colouring.
Work on a ration of two tablespoons of sugar to half a teaspoon of colouring. This can be made up into any quantity you like depending on how many cookies you have to decorate – simply scale up the quantities of the sugar and colour!
Measure the sugar into a small bowl and add in the liquid food colouring – it might look as though there isn’t enough colouring for the amount of sugar, but you don’t want to add to much liquid as this will make an almighty sticky mess (trust me on this, I have learnt from experience) stick with the quantities for now, you can always add a drop or two later if you really need to!
Using a small fork, begin mixing and combining the colouring through the sugar. It can take quite a while to get the an even colour, aim to have all the sugar the same tone, by using the tines of fork to mash and distribute the liquid colour through the grains of sugar.
Once the mixture is evenly coloured, spoon out onto a sheet of baking parchment on a baking tray and place in a pre-heated oven set to 170c for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to fully cool before touching.
Sugar always gets super hot when it is cooked, so be sure to wait untill it is fully cooled before scooping from the tray and returning to a small bowl. if any of the sugar has slightly solidified, work through with the fork to release the grains. And, there you have it. Colourful Sugar Sparkles, all that is left is to add it to your sugar cookies.
Whilst the sugar sparkles are baking and cooling, whip up a batch of your favourite sugar cookie dough. I like to make a really stiff dough and chill it for a while before cooking, this seems to make really crisp cookies that are easy and neat to cut with cookie cutters.
Set of three star shaped cookie cutters, £2.95 c/o DotComGiftShop
This set of star cookie cutters is a great way to easily make festive style cookies – I love the three different sizes, it makes it easy to get most the cookies possible from the dough without having to keep re-rolling it, and they come in a handy storage box, to help keep them neat and easy to find when the baking bug strikes!
Roll the dough to 0.5-1cm thickness and use the star cutters to cut the cookies from the dough. I like to switch the size of cutter to get as many cut at one time as I can. I’ve found the more that you rework and re-roll the dough the warmer the butter gets and the stickier the dough becomes. This makes it hard to keep the cookies neat and tidy. If the dough does get too sticky, slip into the fridge to chill for a while add a dusting of flour to the board and rolling pin before re-rolling.
Lay the cut cookies out onto a baking sheet, while the stiff consistency of sugar cookie dough means that they shouldn’t really spread while baking, leave a small space between each one to make decorating and removing them a little easier. Add a sprinkle of the cooled sugar sparkles to the top of each cookie. Once they are all covered, work over each to fill in any gaps and use the back of a teaspoon to gently press the sparkles into the surface of the cookie.
Bake the cookies in a pre-heated over at 180c for 10 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden.
Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool. The sugar sparkles will be baked into the top of the cookies – super cute, am I right?
As with most cookies, these will keep good for around a week if you store them in a sealed air-tight container…although, I’m not sure they ever stick around that long in our home!
Excess sugar sparkles can be kept for a fortnight in sealed jar, away from moisture, light and heat. I quite fancy the thought of making lots of little jars of different coloured sugar sparkles, so I can decorate everything with this edible glitter with wild abandon. Imagine this sprinkled on the top of homemade fudge or tablet, adding a jewelled rim to cocktail classes or a fun sprinkling to hot chocolate or even deserts. The options for sparkles are endless – I mean you can even add it to you porridge in the morning if you want a fancy start to the day – what will you add sugar sparkles to?