Many people make decorated cookies regularly. I don't know how they do it! You need to have a lot of patience and skill. Which frankly, I don't have.
But, this one time I told myself I would make some cookies and I would like it! You know what, it wasn't half bad. These cookies don't take too long either. I'm kid you not. What if I told you I did every word on those cookies by hand? I'm cray cray.
Get your sleeves rolled up and put on an apron because it's baking time! This recipe is adapted from LilaLoa. The idea for the cookies was based off of Haniela's Monogram cookies.
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 +1/2 cups a.p flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and both sugars. Add the egg and vanilla. Then the baking powder and salt, beat. Add the flour, if it starts to turn into pellets add a tablespoon of milk. Turn out onto floured surface and with a rolling pin roll to 1/4" thick. Cut out shapes, line them on a baking tray and bake for 7 minutes. Enjoy!
2 cups icing sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 egg whites
Mix together all ingredients and beat for 5-8 minutes. Transfer half of your icing into a bowl, add colouring and thin it out with water. Use the 15 second icing method. Take the other half and thin it out just a tad so it is easier to pipe. At this point you can colour your icing. Take the 15 second icing and transfer it into a squeeze-y bottle. Take the other half and transfer into a piping bag.
With the piping bag icing draw the outline of the shape. Then fill it in with the 15 second icing. Shake to even out and use a pin to pop any air bubbles. Let them dry overnight. Use a edible food marker to write a message on the cookie. Enjoy!
-My recipe is not royal icing, therefore it will never be as thick.
-You can find edible food pens at Michaels
-Make sure to let your cookie dry for a full day or at least overnight!
These cookies were super fun to make, and they didn't take as much time as I thought they would. If you didn't know they say "dance" all over them.
Shelan Boake out!