Chinese New Year is a time of gathering where friends and relatives go door-to-door to ‘bai nian’ and collect red pockets! It’s customary for those visiting to bring a gift, usually a box of chocolates. I decided to do something different this year, and came up with the idea of CNY themed cookies. I’ve baked two batches of the rolled sugar cookies I made for Christmas and put together two very simple yet festive designs – one with a chinese character that means “Good Fortune” and the other with a plum blossom design. I have used red as the background color for both of the designs, as red is the signature color for Chinese New Year.
Outline each cookie with red icing.
When the outline is dry, flood each cookie with a runny icing
I Pipe the plum blossom branches with brown icing.
I then used light pink icing to pipe the flowers at the tip of each branch, and added a few dots on the branches as flower buds.
Finally, I added white dot in the center of each flower for the finishing touches.
For the “good fortune” character, I piped with a #3 round tip.
Each jar contained 5 cookies, 4 of them on each face of the jar, and one placed directly on top. I also filled the center of the jar with “利是” candies which can be found at Mannings. I tied a red ribbon around the jar to complete the packaging.