I showed you how perfectly these worked in my cozy bliss basket and I wanted to share more detailed instructions on how to make the cookies.

I used a mitten cutter and my favorite recipe for cookies and royal icing.

You will need to make up two consistencies of red royal icing.  A thick (15-ish second) icing to flood and a thin (7-ish second) to fill.  Don’t forget to pop any visible bubbles too.

While it’s still wet, (like right away) make white horizontal stripes with a thin (7-ish second) white icing (with a #2 tip on it).  Then I drag my toothpick through, going up, then down.

The closer together you make your white lines and the closer together you marble your vertical lines, it will make it look like a “tighter knit.”  These have a different look with the wider lines.

I prefer the “tighter knit” look.  Wait… I’m not sure why I’m using knitting comparisons considering I know nothing about that topic.  That’s Kathryn’s department.  Back to cookies.

After the top part has dried for a good half day, use a medium (10 second) icing to make the cuff.  You can use two consistencies of white, but I’m just short-cutting it with a medium consistency.  However, I still go through the same motions and outline, then fill.

Next, sprinkle some sanding sugar on, then lightly and quickly tap off the excess.  Your icing is still wet, so you can’t hold it up too long or it will drip.  And messing up a cookie on the very last step is just flat out depressing, so let’s not do that.

These cookies are so simple and the marbling creates a fun look for a simple gift.  If you aren’t making a whole gift basket, you can just stick with the cookies and a “warm wishes” tag!