Follow along as Lynette M. of @cpcookiesorlando teaches us how to impress our guests using CookieCutterKingdom's Pumpkin Cutter to create these Thanksgiving cookie place cards that'll put you ahead of any other holiday party!
It is hard to believe that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in just a few short weeks! I personally believe that a well-decorated space can set the tone for any occasion. In this case, Thanksgiving is all about coming together with family and friends and enjoying a meal. With these cookie place cards, you will impress your guests with your elegant style, and they offer a delicious addition to your dessert options.
You will need:
- Sugar cookie dough (CookieCutterKingdom recipe here)
- Royal Icing (CookieCutterKingdom recipe here):
- White – Flood consistency
- White – Stiff consistency
- Gold – Flood consistency
- Black – Medium consistency
- Piping bags or icing bottle
- Small piece of cardboard
- Scissors or X-acto knife
- Leaf tip
- Edible gold paint
- Food-safe paint brush
- Scribe tool
Let’s get started! The first step to make these elegant cookie place cards is to cut and bake your cookies according to your recipe. This time I used a chocolate flavored sugar cookie, but any flavor you choose is sure to compliment your Thanksgiving dinner and delight your guests! While your cookies are cooling, take your cutter and trace its shape onto the piece of cardboard with your pencil. Make a band to go across the middle of the pumpkin and cut out your template.
Next, place your template on each cookie and use your scribe tool to gently scratch a guide of the band. This is where your guests’ name will be. Once your cookies are completely cooled, it’s time to start decorating! We will “flood” the pumpkin in three different steps.
First, you will flood the band in the middle and the stem of the pumpkin with gold flood consistency icing. Wait approximately ten minutes for the icing to crust. Then, using the white flood consistency icing, form the middle section of the pumpkin. Wait another ten minutes for the white icing to crust, and then complete the outer ridges of the pumpkin.
Allow your cookies to dry a minimum of eight hours before adding the leaves. To add the leaves, simply use a leaf tip with white stiff consistency icing and pipe away! If you wiggle the piping bag or bottle a little while you squeeze, you can create different kinds of leaves to decorate your pumpkins. Wait approximately two hours for your leaves to dry and set completely.
To complete this elegant look on your pumpkins, use the edible gold paint and, with you food-safe brush, apply it to the gold band, stem, and leaves. Allow approximately 30 minutes for the paint to dry before you add each of your guests’ names with black medium consistency icing.
Once your pumpkins are completed, allow eight to twelve hours of drying time before you package or serve them. This will ensure that all the details on your cookies have set and your masterpieces will not get smudged by admiring fingers!
Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!