Dye-Free Gingerbread Cookie Decorations?

I just got an e-mail from my daughter’s teacher about some gingerbread cookie decorating fun at the holiday party this Friday!  The parents planning the party already asked me about general food items to serve that my daughter can eat, which was very thoughtful.   I’ve offered to donate lots of goodies…

But I don’t want my daughter to be left out of the cookie decorating activity – so I’m on a mission to find dye-free frosting and candies.  I have some red and green tree-shaped gummies from Indie Candy, and some chocolate candy covered sunflower kernels and mini candy canes from Natural Candy Store.  I can find some Sun Drops or Smarties at Whole Foods easy enough…but I need to make or buy some naturally-colored frosting to pipe onto the little ginger dudes. The Whole Foods bakery can give me samples of their bright liquid natural dyes, I’m sure…just gotta make the white frosting…recipes appreciated!

Do you have any favorite dye-free cookie decorations you can tell everyone about, pretty please?  Homemade frosting recipes, candies or other food items your kids like to decorate with… I know there are many of us who would be grateful for the ideas!

Later this week I will post a video about general holiday treat replacements, and I hope to report back on how our class party went.  Send me your ideas at admin[at]diefooddye[dot]com, or in a comment below.



3 Responses to “Dye-Free Gingerbread Cookie Decorations?”
  1. I have a buttercream frosting recipe that came with my Kitchenaid mixer book. It’s pretty simple to make and can easily be tinted with your dye free colors.

    1/3 cup butter, softened
    1/4 cup cream or evaporated milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/4 tsp salt
    4 cups powdered sugar, divided
    milk, if necessary

    Place butter in mixer bowl, beat about 1 minute on speed 4, until creamy. Scrape bowl then add cream, milk, vanilla, salt, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Stir for 30 seconds and scrap bowl again. On speed 2, mix about 1.5 mins til well blended.

    Gradually add the remaining 3 cups of sugar on the stir speed until blended. Add milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary. Beat for 1 minute until smooth.

    Yield: enough frosting for a 2 layer or 13×9 cake (12-16 servings)

    • Indie Mama says:

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing that!!! 🙂

      • Indie Mama says:

        Oh and the party was such great fun! I found red icing and white icing at our Whole Foods bakery, they sold it to me by the pint. I got Surf Sweets swirly gumdrops, choccy candy covered sunflower kernels, marshmallows, Sun Drops (like M&Ms), and natural jellybeans from Whole Foods. I got mini dye-free candy canes from Natural Candy Store. I added some organic blueberries too. The kids LOVED it. And I really thought their behavior was terrific. No aggression, no hyperactivity (besides a very normal amount of fun), no tears, no tantrums, no unreasonable stuff. They were all super sweet. 🙂 The teacher is very sweet about being supportive of our dye sensitivity too. A couple of the other mom volunteers at the party talked about dye sensitivities too. One mom had a bad face swelling reaction to Red 40 dye, and the other mom said her mother in law raised her husband dye-free because of his sensitivity to Red 40. It’s so nice to meet others who understand the connection between dyes and health!

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