Sugar Cookie Dough
Roll out one disk of dough (for the snow globe bases) on a floured work surface to 1â„2 inch thick. Roll the other disk of dough (for the snow globes) out to 3â„16 inch thick. Using a utility knife and the templates on page 279, cut out the shapes for the snow globes and the bases. In the center of each base, cut a 1â„4-inch groove partway through the cookie. This will hold the snow globe. Place the shapes on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart and bake for 13 to 16 minutes, until the edges are golden. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. The cookies may have risen in baking. Check all of the pieces to see whether they fit together properly. If not, cut and clean up the grooves with a utility knife, and test to make sure the globes fit onto the bases. Knead small amounts of food coloring into the fondant, a little at a time. Roll the fondant out on a work surface dusted with confectionersâ€™ sugar to 1â„16 inch thick. Cut into shaped pieces with cookie cutters and a utility knife. Attach the fondant to the cookies with royal icing. Pipe icing around the edges of the globes and sprinkle with colored sugar and nonpareils.