Being obsessed with baking creative artisan sugar cookies this past month or so, I just had to purchase this set from Avon. Labeled asBuild A Tree Cookie Cutter Setand priced crazy cheap $7.99. I will have to purchase more for Gifts!!
First step to making this clever, clever creation is baking the cookies. My tried and true recipe was the perfect size!
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter (I use 1 butter, 1 margarine)
3 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups flour
Cut out all 10 stars and had extra dough so made extra stars and a few umbrellas for my tribute to Mary Poppins Returns (can not wait to see that movie)!
The Royal Icing recipes is as follows: had plenty for both the tree and umbrellas
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons meringue powder
3 Tablespoons water (add more to develop proper consistency for flooding)
Back to the Christmas Tree ………
Colored the stars in light green and outlined with white – all except the top star which I colored white and placed upside on the last top star. I added little circle sprinkles to act as ornaments. I swirled the royal icing to give the cookies a tree effect (if that makes sense) instead of a smooth finish. I let the cookies dry overnight before stacking them.
I absolutely LOVE this and it actually was super easy to do! I would say 2 of these would make a Great centerpiece for a large Christmas party!!
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
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!!
Not sure if Sugar Cookie decorating is a new trend or I have just started to notice them more and more lately. I decided it was time to delve into this creative food sensation since I will be a Gramma soon and that means More Parties!
Researching this decorating art started on You Tube and as you can image … I am fascinated! It is certainly not easy and very time-consuming. Finding the right recipe is Step 1. Gathering all the ingredients along with the chosen cookie cutters is the next step.
My first attempt was very amateurish as you can see and Practice is key with this art … lots of practice!
Once the cookies are baked and cooled and ready for decorating – I used Royal Icing which is another Step in this process. Find your recipe …. outline and flood your background on the cookie. This is not easy, but the consistency of the royal icing is key for the right look and behavior for further decorating.
My second attempt was a little neater (more You Tube viewing)! Once the base layer of royal icing is on the cookie, I waited overnight for the icing to harden. The next day I added the details.
As you can see, there are many steps involved and along with practice you do need quite a bit of patience. There is much more I hope to learn – stenciling for one with royal icing and an airbrush but that airbrush system is a future purchase. I need to get these basics down first and hopefully our first grand baby will arrive soon!!
Of course these cookies are Great favors and gifts for ANY and ALL occasions!!