Being in my kitchen is one of my favorite places. My mama raised me in the kitchen to help her with meals and help set the table. The picture above is my Mama & I at 2 years old circa 1994. It’s definitely something a woman should be familiar with. Baking has always been so fun for me and I always loved the whole process. The before and after pictures during my baking are my favorite part to do. I have learned a lot on my own, through the internet, magazines, and friends. Instagram makes it so easy for you to look up anything you want and there are videos and websites to go along with it. It’s just so fabulous! I’ve been stalking royal icing Instagram accounts and I started to follow Corianne’s Custom Cookies. She is a self taught baker whom creates masterpiece cookies! She decorated her special ordered sugar cookies from children’s cartoon characters, wedding theme, sports, glitter, she is a pro at it all! Corianne provides tips & tricks for baking, royal icing consistency, & words of encouragement! Come on, everyone loves a pick me up when baking doesn’t go the right way sometimes. You pick yourself up, learn your mistakes, & do it again! Practice makes perfect! Corianne has her own blog where she posted every so often & she shared her Sugar Cookie Recipe! I had to try it out for myself.
1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
1/2 Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tbs. Almond Extract
2 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1. Mix room temperature butter with granulated sugar.
2. In separate bowl mix egg, vanilla extract, & vanilla extract.
3. Combine egg mixture with butter mixture.
4. Sift flour & powdered sugar together in large bowl.
5. Combine flour mixture to butter mixture. Add in small amounts.
6. Continue to mix until tough dough starts to form and becomes one dough ball.
7. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F.
*NO NEED TO REFRIGERATE!
8. Roll out dough on parchment paper to 1/8 of an inch. Use any cookie cutter your heart desires!
9. Bake cookies for 7-9 minutes.
*This will result in white cookies perfect for decorating.*
I decided to make Breast Cancer Awareness cookies for my beautiful mama who is battling cancer now. She has completed 4/& rounds of chemotherapy. I bake every chance I get because desserts are the only taste buds she hasn’t lost. She tells me everything tasted funny. Some days she doesn’t eat anything besides desserts. I figured these would put a smile on her face. I decided to decorate with some royal icing. The key to royal icing is the consistency! It will make you or break you, write that down. I used a royal icing recipe from a Pinterest account that I follow, but I honestly don’t know which one to cite. Sorry not sorry.
1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
1 1/2 Tbs. Milk (almond, soy, whole)
2 Tsp. Light Corn Syrup
1/2 Tsp. vanilla or almond extract
*I doubled recipe due to the amount of cookies to cover.
1. Sift powdered sugar into mixing bowl.
2. Add milk, extract, & syrup.
3. Mix all together with spatula.
4. Mix together with paddle attachment on standing mixture, on low speed
5. Mix for about 3-5 minutes.
*At this consistency, you will use it to border your design on each cookie. *
6. Put half of batter in a medium bowl. Set aside.
7. Mix the remaining royal icing on low. Add 1 tsp. of water at a time to find the flossing consistency.
*Not too thin, but thick enough to hold its form after 10 seconds. *
8. Add coloring gel before putting into pastry bag.
*Don’t add too many colors because your icing will turn grey. I’ve learned from experience.*
Drawing your border is the first step to decorating your cookie with royal icing. You will you the mixture that you did NOT add water to. Once this is done, let them cookies rest to dry for a few hours. 24 hours is ideal but 2-4 hours is enough learning from experience.
The ribbon cookies are outlined with white with the white circle for the center of the ribbon. I thought it would make it look realistic. Then there would be pink royal icing in my white royal icing border I made. The round cookies, I know I just want to write word on them with the letter “O” and replace them with a pink ribbon.
I really had fun making these even though it took me 3 days! So worth it! They aren’t perfect but they came out amazing & I’m so proud of myself! I will definitely be making more cookies in my future! Practice makes perfect in anything you do! Have fun practicing!