Ever wonder how those cutout cookies in the local bakery look so much better than the ones you spent hours and hours making?

Ever wonder how those cutout cookies in the local bakery look so much better than the ones you spent hours and hours making? Mary Nicholis and Haley Dalton from West Side Bakery in Green offered tips and suggestions on how to make cutouts look like a work of art during a workshop at the Massillon Museum.

“We baked the cookies at the bakery and brought them with us,” Nicholis said. “We are showing techniques for using piping bags and tips. The icing is a special brand we use called Royal. Decorating cutouts is a two-day process at the bakery. First we bake them and then dip them in icing. We let the cookies sit overnight to harden and then we decorate on the second day.”

Participants in the workshop got to decorate a snowman, a snowflake and three heart-shaped Valentine's Day cookies. The heart cookies had two designs: a conversational and a more intricate design. Conversational cookies were decorated with special messages for the special day.

This was the first cookie decorating workshop held at the museum. The group had a lot of fun. Someone asked if they could come back and do a Halloween cookie decorating class.

Check out the website for more events and workshops at the Massillon Museum at www.massillonmuseum.org.