The focus will be on completely dye-free decorating. Though it may seem a little hard to believe, EVERY single one of the sugar cookies pictured here was decorated using icings tinted with only natural colors from fruit juices. Not a single drop of dye was added. Besides boasting truly beautiful hues and being more flavorful and less risky health-wise than "regular" icings, my au naturel versions are also amazingly simple and quick to prepare. Here's a sugar cookie dough; here's some info on dye-free icings.
In addition to showing step-by-step how to roll and cut out dough turn out all of these seasonal holiday shapes, I'll also be demonstrating how to make easy dye-free sprinkles and garnishing sugars like those on the cupcake cookies at left. I'm always delighted to provide these when my grandkids decorate cookies, because I know they won't be eating any worrisome synthetic colorants and additives if (when!) they sneak a few snacks.
BTW, should you wonder--yes, indeed, the King Arthur class will feature samples of the goodies for attendees to try.
In case you aren't in that area and able to take the class, all the instructions and recipes for making naturally beautiful icings and cookies are in my new book, Simply Sensational Cookies. It's in bookstores and can be purchased at a discount on line. Additionally, I have provided some how tos, recipes, and other pics on Kitchenlane: for an icing recipe used in the pics above go here; for a buttercream recipe go here; for tips on making sprinkles, go here,
For a dough, plus more enticing pics of decorated sugar cookies for all seasons, go here.
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King Arthur, check out my story here. The huge retail shop, shown below, carries loads of tempting supplies for home bakers.