Tink's Tiny Valentine Cookies
Anyone in Pixie Hollow can attest that Tinker Bell is one smart cookie. Inspired by the inventive fairy in green, these glittery bite-size valentine treats will have Tink fans all aflutter.
- Batch of sugar cookie dough (homemade or store-bought) *
- Green food coloring
- Disposable food preparation gloves (for kneading food coloring into the dough)
- Plastic wrap
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Small heart cookie or fondant cutter (about 1.5 inches wide)
- Baking sheets
- Cooling rack
- 2/3 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- Small mixing bowl and spoon
- Pastry brush
- Edible gold luster dust (such as Pearl Dust) and a small dry pastry brush for applying it (optional)
- Small white decorating candies, such as sugar pearls and mini flowers (found in the baking aisle of the grocery or craft store)
* Note: If the store-bought brand of dough you use is too soft to hold the cookie shapes while baking, you can knead in a little extra flour to stiffen it before rolling it out.
1. Knead green food coloring into the cookie dough. Then flatten the dough into a disk and wrap it tightly in plastic. Chill the dough until firm.
2. Heat the oven. Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut heart shapes from the dough. Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions and then let them cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, make a batch of cookie glaze by stirring together the confectioner's sugar, milk, and corn syrup in a small mixing bowl. If it's not fluid enough to spread with a pastry brush, stir in a little more milk.
4. Working with one cookie at a time, brush the top with glaze. Then, if you want to add a shimmery effect, dip the tip of a small dry paintbrush in gold luster dust, hold it over the cookie, and tap the paintbrush handle to dust the glaze before it sets up.
5. Now use the white decorating candies to adorn the glazed tops with mini flowers and other designs. If the glaze hardens before you finish, use the tip of a toothpick to apply more in the spots you'd like to stick the candies.