Celebrating a 30th Birthday with a family member requires special cookies. Ice cream is a must at birthday celebrations so ice cream shaped cookies are perfect and the frosting is flavored with Bubblegum extract!
Sugar Cookie Base Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter (I use 1 margarine & 1 butter) room temperature
- 1 egg
- 3 teaspoons extract (vanilla, almond or any combination)
- 3 cups flour
Add all the above to Kitchen Aid mixer and mix completely. Flour your rolling pin and board and take sections of the mixture and roll out. Select your cookie cutters and cut out from the dough. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees 10-12 minutes depending on thickness and your oven.
Let baked cookies cool completely before decorating with Royal Icing.
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
- 5 Tablespoons water
Add icing ingredients to Kitchen Aid, mix completely. Up the mixer speed and let run for 7-8 minutes until icing is fluffed. I half this icing recipe since you will have too much for the above Sugar Cookie recipe (half is just enough).
The icing is rather stiff at this point and you will add water (small amounts) for proper consistency when flooding and decorating your cookies. Practice is the only way to figure this out. I also will separate out the icing and then add colors to each portion depending on the design.
I also add flavored extract to the Royal Icing … choose your favorite. Watkins has a great selection – bubblegum, coffee, almond, lemon, peppermint. Careful with the amount since a little goes a long way. I used not quite a teaspoon for the icing recipe above. Remember if you have extra and save it for later to label what flavor extract you used!!