I used a basic butter cookie recipe, modified a little from the original recipe I found on the net to help ensure the cookies didn't flatten and lose their shape while baking. The recipe is as follows:
-12oz unsalted butter
-2 cups sugar
-5 1/2 cups plain flour
-1 level tsp baking powder
And then to decorate:
-Wilton Sparkle Gel (white)
-Edible irridescent glitter
To make the dough, cream the butter and sugar together, whisk in the eggs, salt and vanilla, and carefully stir in the flour and baking powder. Then divide it into equal sections (six, in my case), and colour with food colouring- gel is best so it doesn't get watered down.
|Looks and feels like Playdoh!|
Then you take them back out of the fridge, fire up the oven to 190 degrees C, line and grease some baking sheets, and divide each of your colours evenly up into eight pieces (at least, that's what the original instructions say- I ended up dividing them up into smaller portions to make less gargantuan cookies. And they were still pretty big).
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are set and before they go brown.
Once cool. brush with sparkle gel, stick on your sugar sprinkles and dust over some glitter. Then package up all pretty to give as gifts!
Yes, I made the packaging too (although I sourced the actual picture of the rainbow-farting unicorn itself from the interwebs).
As for how to shape the cookies... better I show rather than tell.
All bagged up and ready to go!