RS@H: Tie Dye Sugar Cookies
How to make RS@H: Tie Dye Sugar Cookies
When it comes to baking, I tend to focus my efforts on making sure my desserts taste delicious over making them look immaculate. Don’t get me wrong: Presentation definitely matters, but I’d choose a cake with a ‘rustic-looking’ layer of homemade buttercream over one with super-smooth, fancy-but-sand-flavored fondant any day.
I (predictably) apply this philosophy to sugar cookies, too. Why spend hours piping out the most painstakingly perfect snow-dusted pine tree if it isn’t even edible? That’s why, when I first discovered this tie dye decorating trick, I was over the moon. Finally, a way to send my loved ones tins filled with deliciously sweet, buttery decorated cookies that look way more high maintenance than they were to make.
Tie dye is basically a hot mess by nature (makes these the perfect holiday cookie for 2020, no?), which means this decorating trick is near-impossible to screw up. Here’s how to execute the cutest tie dye sugar cookies for whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season.
Start by mixing up the dough, then cut out the cookies in whatever shape tickles your fancy.
I swear by this basic sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are the ideal balance of sweet, buttery, and tender-crisp, and they hold their shape when they bake, which makes them the perfect palette for icing decorations. Just make sure to follow the instructions in step 4 for cutout cookies.
Choose any style of cookie cutter you like. You can use traditional holiday shapes, like Christmas trees or Hanukkah dreidels, or go with a star, square, or (my personal favorite) a retro T-shirt shape. Simple circles are a great option for starting out, though—not only are they easy to ice, but the tie-dye effect really pops on a round shape. No cookie cutters? Simply use the rim of a drinking glass to stamp out perfect circles of dough before baking—or make your own cookie cutters from scratch.