Some of the ingredients for decorating these cookies are available at supermarkets but for others you will need to visit a cake-decorating specialty or craft store. Of course, all of the decorating items must be edible.
Edible color pastes are intensely colored icing pastes or gels that are much deeper in color than the tubes of coloring you find at the supermarket. Sparkling sugars, sometimes called sanding sugar or glitter sugar, are also more decorative than the simple colored sugars that you find at the supermarket. Dragees (dra-ZHAYS) are tiny, round hard candies, often seen in gold and silver. Jimmies (available in some supermarkets too) are colored sprinkles.
Almond paste is made of blanched ground almonds, sugar and glycerin or other liquid. Edible glitter, gold, candied fruits, candied flowers and candied mint leaves are available in many cake decorating stores. Sugar flowers are available at some supermarkets and most specialty stores.
For these and additional supplies, here are some sources that I frequently use.
* ABC Sugar Art, Inc.
356 South Pickett St.
Alexandria, Va. 22304
For sugar flowers, dragees, edible glitter, gold dust, color pastes.
* Michael's stores
(14 stores in the Washington area) For pastry bags and tips, cookie cutters.
* New York Cake and Baking Distributors
56 W. 22nd St.
New York, N.Y. 10010
For just about everything for baking.
* La Cuisine
323 Cameron St.
Alexandria, Va. 22314
Call 703-836-4435 or 800-521-1176
For dragees and other nice things for sprinkling. Also, pastry bags and tips and loads of other baking supplies.
* Sur La Table
1101 South Joyce St.
Arlington, Va. 22202
(Locations also in Chevy Chase and Tysons Galleria in McLean)
For various cookie supplies, depending on location.
-- Lisa Cherkasky