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Let’s face it, cookies are already delicious. So how do you improve on something that everyone loves? You add something to dunk it in of course!

 

Icing

Most people would think icing should be spread on top of the cookie, but why not be a rebel and dunk your cookies in it instead? Buttercream and cream cheese icings are gooey and sweet, perfect for dipping anything from a simple sugar cookie to peanut butter, chocolate chip, and beyond. While royal icing is fantastic for cookie decoration, it isn’t the best for cookie dunking because it hardens as it cools.

 

Chocolate

Whether it’s a simple shortbread or a double dark chocolate chunk, any cookie can be improved with chocolate. You don’t have to go out and buy a chocolate fountain just to enjoy a midnight snack this way. Use chocolate chips (milk, white, or dark chocolate are all great options!) melted on a double boiler to achieve a smooth texture. Dipping chocolate will need to be warm to keep from hardening so you may have to zap your chocolate in the microwave a few times throughout your snack time. If that sounds like too much work, switch it up for a cup of hot cocoa instead.

 

Coffee

Many people just can’t get through the day without their cup-of-joe. Make your mornings even better by adding cookies! Varieties such as shortbread and biscotti make for perfect dunking. Use flavored coffees to match or compliment the cookie you’re dipping. Coffees with notes of caramel pair nicely with chocolate chip while hazelnut flavors go well with snickerdoodles. You should never hesitate to add a cookie to your morning coffee. After all, eating an oatmeal cookie is pretty much the same as eating actual oatmeal, right?

 

Ice Cream

You may have a difficult time actually “dipping” your cookies in ice cream, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You probably don’t have a soft-serve machine at home (if you do, can you invite us over?!), so let the ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften up. Gelato is denser than typical ice cream, but it’s meant to be eaten at warmer temperatures so it melts as it hits your tongue, making it a good cookie dipping option. For a really easy ice cream dipping experience, make a milkshake!

 

Milk

Of course, we couldn’t leave out the age-old favorite—milk. Cookies and milk go together like peanut butter and jelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Ohio State and football. One just doesn’t seem complete without the other. Luckily, any cookie is good for dunking in milk, so there’s no need to limit yourself! Crunchier cookies will hold together better when dunked, but softer cookies seem to soak up more liquid. Not only are you getting a delicious combo, but you’ll also be getting in your daily dose of calcium.

 

However you decide to enjoy your cookies, there is one requirement for any dunking choice—cookies! Hop on over to our shop page and pick out your favorites today then head to the store for your beverage of choice. Enjoying cookies couldn’t be easier with so many delicious dunking options.

 

There are many types of frosting used in baking, but are all of them created equal? When it comes to decorating cookies, there are a few specific types of frostings that really “take the cake” (see what we did there?!).
Buttercream

The Upside

Buttercream frosting is a very popular and also one of the most versatile topping for desserts, including cookies. It’s made from fat (butter) and sugar. The way you choose to combine these ingredients can change the consistency and type of buttercream frosting that you end up with. The more sugar you add, the stiffer it will be. Regardless, buttercream frosting tends to taste the best and cookies using this type of frosting also look very pretty. Buttercream frosting has a sweet, buttery flavor (hence the name) and it’s great for a smooth icing over cookies, creating borders, and for writing. You can also make some great cookie decorations out of buttercream frosting, including roses. Buttercream frosting can be made in all flavors and all colors.

The Downside

Since buttercream frosting remains pretty soft even after a couple of days, it is not recommended for stacked or mailed cookies.

Royal Icing

The Upside

Another very popular frosting for decorating cookies, royal icing holds up very well if cookies need to be stacked or mailed (unlike buttercream). Royal icing has a very sweet flavor and works well for fine detailed work or if you want a nice glaze. You can change the consistency a bit, depending on the amount of water you add to your icing and it’s great for making flowers or figures and for decorating gingerbread houses. It dries quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever before adding new details or packing them up.

The Downside

You have to be very precise when making royal icing, as just a little change in recipe can really alter how the icing looks when it’s dry. Then, when it does dry, it is hard as a rock. It can also make the cookies taste a little drier. If you are just using royal icing for a thin layer of decoration, you should be fine, but if you want a thicker piping, it may be very difficult to eat if using royal icing.

Expert Tip

“Your royal icing for decorating must be a good consistency,” Ashley Heffner, a decorator at Cookie Bouquets, said. “If the icing is too thin, the decorations won’t hold up on your cookie. If the icing is too thick, you might have trouble squeezing the icing out of your tube.”

Glaze Icing

The Upside

Cookie glaze will dry hard, but it won’t be hard as a rock like royal icing. It dries hard enough so that you can stack cookies, but not so hard that you can’t bite into them! It’s great for adding a written message or coating with colored sugar. It’s very easy to make, won’t dry out your cookies, it tastes great, and it stays very shiny once it’s dry.

The Downside

As this is just a glaze, it is hard to use it for detailed work, as it doesn’t hold its shape very well. It also sticky and takes a long time to dry, so you must be patient! Finally, colors tend to dull out a little bit once the icing dries.

Expert Tip

“When you glaze a cookie with two different colors, you must glaze with one color first and allow it to dry before using the next color to avoid the two colors bleeding.”

Color Flow Icing

The Upside

Color Flow icing is used to make detailed icing decorations. You actually let them dry before putting them on your cookies. This type of icing has a very sweet flavor and dries shiny on the cookie. It’s great if you want a decoration that completely covers the cookie. Color flow is stronger than royal icing and is also shinier once dry.

The Downside

Color Flow Icing takes a long time to dry, so you need to plan at least 2-3 days in advance.