This is the only way of sugar cookie decorating with my children that results in all edible cookies. While they have loads of fun using icing, their cookies/works of art tend to get pitched after a few days because the icing globs don't look all that appetizing once they dry.
Decorating cookies is very much like completing an art or craft project. Especially with this technique - paint (meringue wash), glitter (sanding sugar)! It is perfect for short attention spans that seek quick gratification too. Charlie did a whole batch and was still eager to do more. And just like crafting, there is a considerable mess in the end. I kept hearing the crunch of sanding sugar under my slippers while I made dinner last night.
I did use a new sugar cookie recipe (felt like I was cheating on my own blog) that I discovered this fall. I plan to blog + discuss the recipe soon, but till then my other go-to sugar cookie recipe works perfectly.
To Make the Meringue Wash:
Whisk together 2 TBS water + 2 tsp meringue powder
Brush a thin layer of the wash over the entire top of the cookie and then cover completely with sanding sugar. Shake off the excess after they dry (about 5 min.) Let Charlie demonstrate for you...