The change of seasons marches on and the indulgences of October give way for the gratitude of November. 2019 may be in its final act but let’s be honest, the season of eating has barely begun. Invite your friends over to share some warmth and bake up a batch of these delicious cookies as a sweet show of thanks for the bond of a great friendship. Friendsgiving gatherings don’t need to be a big fancy event like Thanksgiving can sometimes feel. Keep it casual and make it a pot-luck. As a homemade party favor, these cookies will wow.
To make a batch of Friendsgiving cookies you will need to start by baking a batch of cookies and mixing up your royal icing. Recipe and instructions for them both can be found on our cookie dough and royal icing post. Pre-mix royal icing colors in large batches before you begin piping. It is best to make more than you think you will need so you won’t have to try to re-mix the exact color if you run out.
Friendsgiving Cookies – Materials Needed
- Baked Sugar Cookies (get the recipe here)
- Royal Icing (get the recipe here)
- Gel Food Coloring
- Colors Needed: Burgundy, Yellow, Copper, Brown, White, Green
- Gold or Silver Shimmer Dust
- Food Safe Paint Brush
- Round Piping Tip #1, petal piping tip, piping bags, and coupler
- Piping Pin
- Parchment paper
Mix medium consistency icing. Make 4 different batches for different colors – Burgundy, Yellow, Copper, and Brown. Pipe to cover the entire sugar cookie.
If you don’t want to freehand the piping of the letters, find the type of text you’d like to use for piped words. You can print them out for reference. Use your scribe and using the printouts as a guide, scratch lightly onto the cookie.
Mix white royal icing into a toothpaste-like consistency. Pipe along the scratched letter guides using a small round tip. Use the scribe to fix any mistakes.
Use the gold shimmer dust & mix with a little bit of lemon extract. Use the food-safe paintbrush and carefully paint over the letters. A little goes a long way, don’t put too much of the gold mix onto the paintbrush otherwise it will leak onto parts of the surface where you don’t want it. This part takes a lot of time and patience!
Let’s make some mini flowers to add a little more to these cookies! Place a little bit of royal icing onto the piping pin. Add a small square of parchment paper on top.
The royal icing helps to keep the parchment paper in place. Add some royal icing to the middle of the parchment paper. Now, using the petal piping tip – royal icing can be any color you want to use, pipe vertically and to the side to create petals. It doesn’t matter which way you go, whatever is most comfortable!
Continue to layer until you have a small flower. Take the parchment paper off and set aside. We will attach these onto the cookie once the flower completely dries.
Add any designs onto the cookies such as vines. I’ll be using brown to resemble twigs.
Once the flowers are completely dry, peel off the parchment paper and add onto the cookie using some royal icing to secure it.
Using the leaf tip, add some green leaves near the flowers.
Let completely dry before packaging or serving!
Prepare these a few days before your friends plan to gather together during thanksgiving. Give them as gifts so your friends new and old will feel like gold!