Cover your work area with parchment or wax paper and gather your supplies.
You'll need cookies, sanding sugar in the color of your choice, and matching royal icing.
I used red 20-second icing (a line drawn through a bowl of this icing with a knife will disappear in 20 seconds), in a piping bag with a #4 tip.
But...the consistency isn't crucial.
Something between piping and flood is great.
Wilton even sells pre-made cookie icing in a squeeze bottle that would be good for this project.
The tip isn't very important either.
The icing could be in a disposable piping bag, or even a ziploc.
Just snip about an 1/4 of an inch off of a corner and you're ready to go!
Start from the outside edge and pipe a shrinking spiral, ending in the middle.
The first revolution should follow the outside edge until it almost meets the beginning.
Here's the kids' part!
Dump sugar over the whole thing!
Not sure you covered it all?
Dump a little more on!
Carefully pick up the cookie and knock excess sugar back into the sugar bowl.
You did it!
Hopefully you and the munchkin did it together!!!
Something about seeing all those sparkles stuck exactly where they should be
is a HUGE feeling of accomplishment.
Not to mention the thrill of dumping sugar all over anything!
Now, there will be some extra sugar on the parchment.
Which leads to the other best part.....
watching all the sugar pour back into the bowl!
Just pick up and pour!