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Every year we like to make a big plate of sugar cookies decorated with edible royal icing. I use Martha Stewart's recipe for the cookies- it's easy an...
Let 1 stick of butter sit out for an hour and come close to being at room temperature. Pour 1 cup of sugar over it and cream until light and fluffy.
Next add 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder (NOT SODA). Stir until combined. It should look like this.
Next add 1 egg (slightly beaten), 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. I use my hands to mix it because I don't have a fancy KitchenAid or re...
Next, preheat the oven to 350 and make sure your rack is in the middle of the oven.
Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 fat discs, like the picture.
Get out your cookie cutters and decide which ones you are going to use. I have gotten most of my cookie cutters from thrift stores at a quarter a piec...
Generously flour work surface and I mean generously! You might find that they stick to the table the first go and you have to re-flour and start over....
The same goes for your rolling pin and any cookie cutters you will be using. If you don't have a rolling pin, there is probably something in your kitc...
Next you want to roll the dough out to just the right thickness. Probably about the width of 1/8 an inch or so. The thicker the cookie, the softer it ...
Once again, think about what cutters you will use. This space man is cute but intricate. Intricate sometimes means trouble. Mix it up a bit until you ...
Next, cut out your cookies. You will need to transfer them right away to the pan before the butter gets to warm and sticks the dough to the table, mak...
Transfer the cookies to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. But keep an eye on them! Oven temps vary. They are done when the edges are ...
They will look like this when they are done. After baking, they should be removed from the pan after about 30 seconds with a metal spatula.
While your second batch is baking, plan out what colors you will be making the frosting. It's probably best to keep it around 5. Look at your cookies ...
Royal icing is very easy to make and you can make it in whatever consistency you want. I actually wish I would have added more water into my batch but...
Beat with hand mixer or fancy KitchenAid for about 5-10 minutes. It will be glossy and stiff. Add water if you want to make it more spreadable.
Don't let the baby get into it. . . Oh and don't forget about those other cookies in the oven!
Prepare piping tools if you plan to pipe your royal icing onto your cookie and I recommend that you do. I use the paper cones. They are easiest to cle...
Now it's time to mix your colors and pipe! I take a little bit of icing from the mixing bowl and add the food coloring. I have some fancy gels from an...
It's not easy when you've got a baby knocking all your gear over . . .
But that's it! One color at a time, let them dry in between applications. I'm sure a lot of people can make prettier ones but I was a little pressed f...
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