Archive for the ‘Decorated Sugar Cookies’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Audrey’s 1st Birthday Cookies

My baby had her first birthday last month. It still baffles me that I have a one-year-old, but I was excited to make her my sugar cookies. I haven’t made them in way too long so this was her first time trying them. She.loved.them. Yay!

I just wanted to share these cute cookies with you. If you’d like to try making them yourself, here’s the recipe and some helpful tips. Feel free to email me if you have questions!

Isn’t she the cutest!?

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PostHeaderIcon Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing


My baby shower was this past weekend and, of course, I made sugar cookies for the event. I was very excited to make these sugar cookies. I have made sugar cookies for several other baby showers in the past but these were extra special since they were for my shower. I decided to make little onesie and feet sugar cookies. I love how they both turned out and they were a big hit with my friends and family! My mom and mother-in-law (along with my wonderful sister-in-law) hosted my baby shower and it turned out lovely. The weather was a little chilly but the shower was perfect. I felt so much love for my little girl!

I was very glad I made these for my shower since they were all devoured very quickly! If you’ve never made sugar cookies with royal icing you should give it a try. I love decorating with royal icing but it definitely took some time to get used to decorating with it, so don’t give up hope if you aren’t satisfied with the results at first. Working with royal icing can be a tedious and time-consuming process but I’m always in love with the results. Just be patient while decorating them and you’ll enjoy the process as much as I do!

Here are just a few tips about royal icing to get you started:

  1. Use a stand mixer to make the royal icing, I do not recommend using a hand mixer.
  2. When you color the icing, use a gel based color. I use Wilton gel colors but I’ve heard great things about AmeriColor.
  3. I usually use a #3 Wilton tip with a pastry bag to outline the cookies and then add the details using a #2 or #1 Wilton tip.
  4. I first outline the cookie with the #3 tip, then flood the cookie with a squeeze bottle filled with royal icing.
  5. Toothpicks are your best friend when working with royal icing! I use them after I flood the cookie to spread the icing to the edge of the cookie. They are also used to pop the little bubbles that may appear on the icing after you flood the cookie.
  6. Allow a few days to make the cookies. I usually make the dough and bake them one day, and then I allow two days to decorate the cookies. Let them sit overnight to dry when you are finished decorating.
  7. Keep trying! You’ll get better the more you practice, trust me!
  8. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Here I am at my baby shower (34 weeks pregnant)….. :)

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups flour

Directions:
Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour.

Chill dough until firm (at least 30 minutes).

Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool.

 

Royal Icing

Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5-6 Tablespoons water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes).  Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container (or many air-tight containers – one container for each color).  This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating.  Add water a very small amount at a time and stir by hand until fully incorporated.  Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping. Color the icing as desired.  (If you are having any difficulty piping, it is still too thick.  Add a little more liquid and try again.)  Using a pastry bag, pipe around the edges of each cookie.  Let stand for at least an hour for the icing to harden.  Make sure to keep the leftover icing covered at all times when not in use so that it does not begin to harden.

Once all the cookies have been edged, thin out the icing by incorporating a small amount of water at a time, until the icing drips off the spoon easily when lifted and then smooths in with that still in the bowl (it should dissolve together after about 5 seconds).  If you go too far and the icing is too thin, add more sifted powdered sugar to thicken it again.  Once the icing has reached the desired consistency, transfer it to a squeeze bottle and flood the area surrounded by the piping on each cookie.  If it does not completely spread to the edges, use a toothpick to help it along.  Allow to set for at least a couple hours before adding the details.

Use the remaining thicker icing (that you used for piping around the edges of the cookie, which are already in the pastry bags) for piping decoration as desired.

Source: Annie’s Eats

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PostHeaderIcon Number 3 Birthday Sugar Cookies

I made these cookies for my nephew’s 3rd birthday party this past weekend. I was very excited to make these since he truly appreciates my sugar cookies. Whenever I make them you can always count on seeing my nephew, Carson, holding at least two (or three!) cookies at a time. :) I know everyone says this about their child (or in my case, nephew) but he really has grown up in a blink of an eye! I still vividly remember holding him when he was only a few days old – I can’t believe he’s already 3!

Back to the cookies…..

People thought they were too pretty to eat but they were still devoured by the end of the party. Even though they are pretty they definitely taste twice as delicious as they look! The sugar cookies have a slight vanilla and almond taste that is just perfect.

Here’s a picture of the birthday boy on his new John Deere bike!

If you’re interested in ordering decorated sugar cookies you can contact me here.

Here’s my sugar cookie photo gallery as well. :)

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PostHeaderIcon Green Bay Packer Sugar Cookies

I made these football and jersey sugar cookies for a Super Bowl party at my parents’ house. Since my entire family loves the Packers (and I love finding excuses to make sugar cookies) I had to make these for the Super Bowl. I have so many cookie cutters it was difficult to choose which ones to use. I finally decided on the jersey and football sugar cookies and I love how they turned out. I’m already looking forward to making more next season!

I do sell my decorated sugar cookies. If you’re interested in ordering you can contact me here.

Everyone really enjoyed the cookies, especially my niece and nephew! They ate so many that their chins turned green from the lettering. They are just the cutest kids! My niece, Lily, is 18 months old right now and she was saying “Go Go Go!” during the game! Her father, a HUGE Packer fan, was very proud to say the least! I could just go on and on about those two cuties. Can you tell I’m a proud Aunt? :)

Here’s a picture of them before the big game:

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PostHeaderIcon Making Something Special…..

Yup, I’m pregnant! I’m a little over 12 weeks and my husband and I are just overjoyed! We are so excited to meet our little peanut in July (20th).

The ultrasound was taken at 11 weeks 6 days. It had a great heart beat of 169. We were both amazed at how it already looks like a little baby! During the ultrasound it was constantly moving around and crossing its legs – just amazing! We were so excited that the ultrasound tech was able to get such a great profile of our little peanut since it was moving around so much!

I am so thankful I have had an awesome pregnancy so far – NO nausea at all! Whoo hoo! My main symptom has been fatigue and that is already starting to subside since I’m almost in the second trimester.

I found out I was pregnant about a month after starting this blog. I have tried my hardest to keep up with it but since I’ve had some food aversions (and odd cravings – watermelon!) it’s been a little difficult. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog more in the second trimester.

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PostHeaderIcon Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

Christmas has come and gone but I just had to share these adorable sugar cookies I made. I saw them on one of my favorite blogs this season and knew I had to make them!

To see more of my decorated sugar cookies, click here!

If you’re interested in ordering decorated sugar cookies you can contact me here.

Happy New Year!

Inspired by: Bake at 350, originally by Martha Stewart

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PostHeaderIcon Fire Hyrdants, Dog Bones, & Squirrel Sugar Cookies

This past weekend I had a sugar cookie order for a dog’s birthday party!  Don’t worry, these sugar cookies were party favors for the humans (not the dogs). I was super excited to make these cookies since I love using new cookie cutters!

The fire hydrants are my favorite out of the three! Aren’t they adorable!? I didn’t know how to decorate the dog bones but after some thought I decided to go with little paw prints (and the name of the birthday dog, Moe). I used the same technique with the squirrels that I did with my spiderweb cookies.

If you’re interested in ordering cookies you can contact me here.

Happy 2nd Birthday Moe!

(Isn’t he the cutest dog you have EVER seen!!!)


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PostHeaderIcon Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

I will make up any excuse to decorate sugar cookies!

Of course, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make sugar cookies and try out new cookie cutters. I would decorate anything and everything with polka dots if I could…..I do think they turned out really cute on the acorns though! I used orange sanding sugar on the leaves and I really liked how it made the colors pop. And aren’t those turkeys too darn cute!? I had so much fun making all of these cookies!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

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PostHeaderIcon More Halloween Sugar Cookies!

Can you tell I love Halloween!? Well, I do! :) Who doesn’t love a reason to eat sweets the entire month of October?

I absolutely love how these spider web and pumpkin cookies turned out! I love how vibrant the colors are! And the spiders on the spider webs…..too dang cute!

What are you doing for Halloween? I’ve had my Halloween planned since September! My husband and I will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters while watching IT (by Stephen King)! Since I just finished the book I’m super excited to watch it!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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PostHeaderIcon Halloween Sugar Cookies

I love Halloween and anything related to it (cool weather, comfy sweatshirts, sweets, etc)! I usually get in the Halloween spirit mid-September. That’s pretty early, I know, but you tend to get in the Halloween spirit if you hang your decorations up early (say…..mid-September).

I love how these cookies turned out! After I made them I remembered all of the other Halloween cookie cutters that I have -

* Spider web

* Pumpkin

* Witch hat

* Ghost

* Scary black cat (with a big puffy tail!) :)

* ….and a bunch for Thanksgiving/fall as well (acorn, turkey)

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