Signature Sweets is putting new meaning to social distancing by working collaboratively from 3,000 miles apart. For us, maintaining visual contact with each other has been just as important as email and text. Google Handout and Facetime are some of our favorite ways to video chat but there are many other options out there. If you are feeling isolated during this pandemic, reach out to people you know using a video platform. It will help you re-establish relationships and stay connected no matter how far apart you are.

While we are sheltering in place in our homes, we decided to make the most of it and bake cookies. Both of us are fascinated by this image of the virus. We just had to make it in a cookie! How can such a beautiful thing create such havoc? For the next two posts, we will each highlight our individual interpretations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 clean hands cookies

COVID-19 Clean Hands Cookie Set

From the first warnings of the COVID-19 outbreak, frequent and thorough hand washing was at the top of the list to prevent spreading. Everyone and their mother posted about proper hand washing technique. However, in case you missed it, you can go to the CDC website for more specifics including videos. Since clean hands is a win for everyone, we bring you the COVID-19 clean hands cookies…

Supplies needed to make COVID-19 Clean Hands Cookies
COVID-19 clean hands cookies
  • Sugar cookie recipe
  • Royal icing recipe
  • Large circle cookie cutter
  • Small circle cookie cutter
  • Hand cookie cutter
  • Pie slice cookie cutter
  • White royal icing
  • Grey royal icing
  • Skin tone royal icing
  • Red royal icing
  • Red nonpareils
  • Silver airbrush
  • Pink gel paste food color
  • Brown gel paste food color
How to make COVID-19 cookies

Line a baking or dehydrator sheet with waxed paper. Pipe red royal icing in small triangles directly onto the waxed paper. Sprinkle with red nonpareils. Set aside overnight to dry or place in the dehydrator for 2 hours. When transfers have dried, remove from waxed paper and save until ready to use on cookies. Nonpareils that didn’t stick to the royal may be used again.

Using grey piping consistency royal icing, pipe an outline ½” from the edge of the cookie. Fill with grey flood consistency royal icing. Set aside to allow icing surface to dry a little. To create dimension, spray the outside border using an airbrush or edible silver color mist.

Finally, pipe red icing dots on border and center of cookie. Immediately add nonpareil transfers to the dots. This will give the virus particles more dimension. Add small dots with red icing to compete the look.

COVID-19 clean hands cookies
How to make hand cookies

When cutting the hand cookies, make sure to flip half of the cookies over before baking. This way you will get right and left hands.

Outline hand cookie with skin tone icing of choice. Fill with flood consistency. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours. Leave half of the cookies as is. Paint fingernail and knuckle details on the other half with gel paste food color and a paint brush.

COVID-19 clean hands cookies
How to make soap cookies

Trace the outline of the pie slice cookie cutter with a pencil. Sketch out your design in pencil to use as a guide. To help get the design copied onto the cookie, either use an edible marker to draw on the cookie or take a picture of your sketch and project on a Pico projector. Outline a 3-dimensional block shape with white piping.

Fill one section of soap bar at a time with white flood consistency icing. Allow each segment to dry for 5-10 minutes before adding the next.

Pipe the word soap on the top of the bar with a grey pipe consistency icing. Add dots with white pipe for suds and allow to dry for 5-10 minutes. Continue adding layers of suds until the soap bar is full.

COVID-19 clean hands cookies
How to make bubble cookies

Small cookies are a great way to add filler to a set. Because they are so easy to pop in your mouth, they disappear first on a party platter. Start by outlining the bubble cookies with a white pipe consistency. Next, fill with white flood icing. Immediately add some highlights with grey flood. Spray these mini cookies with silver airbrush or color mist for added effervescence.

We hope you and your family remain healthy by staying home, washing your hands, and baking cookies;)