Change Your Altitude Mountain Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

Change Your Altitude, Verso l'alto Mountain decorated Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

Well, that post title was a mouthful. Actually, that is the edited down version, believe it or not.

Change Your Altitude Mountain Cookies

A. I wanted to show you this cookie set, and
B. tell you how I made a mountain range cookie from a Christmas tree cookie cutter.

The cookies were made for a college student (NOT JACK, although, I did send him just a few...why do I feel like I need to justify sending my child care packages???) who attended Frassati Catholic High School with Jack and is now off at college in the mountains of Colorado. He's an adventure-loving kid and a I thought these cookies were perfect.

Verso l'alto Mountain Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

I've made Pier Giorgio Frassati cookies before, you can see them and read more about Frassati in this post. Pier Giorgio was a mountain climber and is known for the saying, "Verso l'alto," or "to the heights."

Change Your Altitude Mountain Cookies

The mountains and "change your altitude" cookies were inspired by this sticker from Brass & Mint Co. Such a perfect quote!

To make the mountain ranges, I used Sweet Sugarbelle's Christmas tree multi-cutter. I love Sugarbelle's multi-cutters and have several. Remember the College Hints Cookies?

how to make mountain cookies with Christmas tree cookie cutter

I cut out the cookies as usual, then used the bottom of the cutter to make some of the mountains a bit shorter than the others. Then, I used the side of the cutter to lop off just a bit of the sides to make them fit together more easily.

A trick to piecing together cookies is to freeze the put-together shapes for 5-10 minutes before baking. I always do this, whether pieced together or not, but if you don't, this is a good time to start.

Oh! Here's my go-to cut-out cookie recipe. I rolled these to 3/8". You'll also need royal icing. You can use any colors you'd like.

Change Your Altitude Mountain Decorated Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

Here are the colors I used:

Once your cookies are baked, it's time to decorate!

mountain cookie tutorial

Use a #3 tip to outline the mountains. I like this bigger tip so that the outline will show.

Thin the royal icing with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick glue. A ribbon of icing dropped back onto itself will disappear in a count of "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two" (or three). Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for a few minutes. Stir gently with a silicone spatula and pour into squeeze bottles.

mountain cookie tutorial

Fill in the snow outline first. Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop any large air bubbles. Then, fill in the bulk of the mountains.

Let the cookies dry uncovered overnight or for 6-8 hours.

Change Your Altitude, Verso l'alto Mountain Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

I love, love, love the messaging here for someone starting college or a new job...or you know, climbing a mountain. (Obviously, they'd be perfect to celebrate Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.) ♥

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