If you missed Part 1 from yesterday, go here to catch-up.
After your cookies have completely cooled, you can decorate them. I made a glaze ... it dried, got hard, and had a very nice shine.
Sugar Cookie Glaze
This recipe made enough glaze for 15-20 cookies.
1 C Powdered Sugar
2 t Milk
2 t light corn syrup
1/4 t vanilla (or be like me & just pour a bunch in)
Pour the milk in to a small bowl and then slowly add the powdered sugar ... maybe about 1/4 cup at a time; mix well after each addition. I just used a fork to do my mixing. DO NOT put the powdered sugar into the bowl and then add the milk. I tried that on my first batch and I ran into much difficulty & ended up having to add more milk which made my glaze too runny and then the glaze seeped into the cookies instead of floating on top of the cookies. (That is why the cookies with the orange glaze don't look as nice as the cookies with turquoise colored glaze.) Add your remaining ingredients. The glaze will seem thick, but my thicker glaze turned out so much better than my thinner glaze. If you really want it more runny, the recipe recommends adding more corn syrup.
I only use Wilton's Icing Colors when I need to color my food. A 1/2 oz container of color will sit on your pantry shelf for like 10 years if you store & use the coloring properly. I always take a clean toothpick, dip it into the color, and then dip my colored toothpick into the food that I'm coloring. It doesn't take much coloring to color your food. If you must add more coloring, get out a clean toothpick ... don't double-dip your toothpicks. Toothpicks are nice cause you can just throw them away when you are done with them. FYI: red & black are the hardest colors to make & use the most coloring.
Once your glaze is ready, use it immediately and spread it onto the tops of your cookies. I just used the back of a metal spoon to push the glaze around on the cookie and make everything smooth & pretty. If you want sprinkles on your cookies, you have to add the sprinkles right after you glaze the cookie because once the glaze has hardened and dried, the sprinkles will not stick.
Now, if you want to put your lollipop cookies into a pail ...
I headed over to Michael's ... again ... good thing it's only a mile from my house! I was after some of that green floral foam stuff ... like this: