After finger sandwiches and tea, delight the children and all their stuffed animal friends with these charming cookies.
Step 1: Roll dough Roll out the sugar cookie dough with the rolling pin. Use the cookie cutters to press into the dough and form individual cookies.
Step 2: Bake Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake the cookies as directed or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely.
Step 3: Divide icing Divide the icing into thirds and use a different tint of food coloring for each.
Step 4: Frost Frost the cookies with your choice of color, using the offset spatula or a butter knife, and allow the icing to dry completely.
TIP: Look at pictures of antique teacups and teapots for decorating ideas.
Step 5: Pipe Fill the pastry bag with a different color icing and use a fine tip to pipe a border around the cookies and add decorative details, such as flowers, rosettes, dots, or a checkerboard pattern. Make sure to encourage your child to hold their pinkie finger up when eating your sweet treats.
FACT: The tea ceremony performed in Japan is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism in which green tea is prepared and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting.