I have been wanting to make royal icing decorated sugar cookies for about a year now. About a week before Valentine's day last year, I tried, and FAILED...badly. The cookies were horrible, and I only decorated one cookie before I gave up. I don't know what happened. So, about a couple months ago I decided to try again. I made some round cookies, and just tried the border and flooding. Did ok, so I thought, hey, I maybe can do this. Then, I took the crazy task of telling a friend that I would LOVE to make some cookies for her daughter's 1st birthday. After I said that, I thought, I can't believe I just offered to do something I don't even know I can...haha! But, I knew I could do it if I just put my mind to it and didn't rush it.
I took my first official attempt at making them about 3 weeks ago. The party was Sunday, so I made the cookie dough Monday night, rolled them out and baked them Tuesday afternoon, did the border Wednesday, flooded them Thursday, and started doing the Z's on Friday. This gave them enough time to harden by Sunday. Believe me, they are far from perfect, but I think they are pretty good for my first try.
The theme was Minnie Mouse, but the pink and white polka dots with black theme.
This is the dress she got, so that's what I went off of.
The pink is a little lighter than the picture, but it's adorable.
I decided on a round cookie, with a pink and white background and a black "Z" because, well, her name starts with a "Z." I also wanted it to be a little sparkly, so I wanted to add black sugar.
My original plan included adding a black border around the outside of the cookie to add a little interest. This is what that looked like:
My hubby said it looked to be too much, and it is maybe. Then I thought, well, this could be perfect as the lil one's special cookie. So, I set it aside just for her, and continued piping Z's.
Now, don't get me wrong, the decoration has to be cute, but the cookie has to taste good, too, right? I think so, too. I searched everywhere for a good sugar cookie recipe. I tried the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix in a bag....fail. I did not like them AT ALL. Then, I found this recipe on All Recipes. I loved it! It was the perfect amount of sweet...not too much, because you don't want it to be TOO sweet after all that sugar is loaded on top. This recipe made about 60 3" round cookies.
To get back to the royal icing....
Once again, Annie's Eats comes to the rescue. Her tutorial on how to decorate with royal icing is the best I have seen yet. It helped me tremendously. I also used her royal icing recipe.
I did not take pictures of each step I took because, honestly, I didn't know if they were going to turn out. I plan on trying something like these for Valentine's day, and I'll do a step by step with those.
Let me just say, if I can do these cookies, anyone can! Ok, enough with my corny commentary, on to the recipes! =)
THE BEST ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES (yes, that is the name)
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
Source: Annie's Eats
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