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Summer Sugar Cookies

Summer Sugar Cookies

The Summer season officially started last week.  Here are a few photos of the cookies I made for a Summer BBQ.  Happy Summer!

The beach balls and watermelons were both made with round cookie cutters.   To make watermelon cookies, use a round cookie cutter and then slice each circle of dough in half before baking.

Source: Watermelon cookies inspirationBeach ball cookie inspiration

My Cookie Cutter Collection

My Cookie Cutter Collection

I’ve mentioned before that I really like to bake and decorate sugar cookies.  It’s so fun to create different designs, and since the cookie is the canvas, you can eat the “mistakes”… or as I call them, the ugly cookies.  :)  I’ve been collecting cookie cutters for years, and I now have a pretty large collection.  Some of the cookie cutters were gifts and many came in sets.  They are from a lot of different stores, including Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table, Michaels, Crate and Barrel, etc.  I like making sugar cookies for all occasions, especially holidays and parties.

I keep all of my cookie cutters in a large plastic box, and while it’s not the most organized system (they are all just randomly thrown in there), it works for me.  I don’t mind digging through the box to find what I’m looking for.  The problem is, sometimes I forget which ones I have or what they look like.  And when I want to make cookies for a certain occasion, I need to know which shapes I have to work with (ie.- which ones to look for when I am digging around in the box!)  To fix this problem, I decided to create a photo inventory of all my cookie cutters.  (Note- I did this quickly, so some of the photos are a little blurry or dark).  Here are the photos!

Insects: Butterflies, dragonfly, frog, snail, caterpillar, ladybug

Baby: bear, onesie, rocking horse, carriage, rattle

Baptism or other church event

Flowers

Easter: Eggs, basket, sheep, bunnies, carrot, duck

Fruits: Apples, strawberry, peach, pear, banana

ABC's

Numbers

More Numbers

Birthday: balloon, icecream cone, cupcake

St. Patrick's Day shamrocks

Circles

Crinkle Cut Squares

Holiday: Lots of Christmas trees, candy canes, holly, snowmen, gingerbread boys, reindeer, Santa, stocking, ornament, Holiday light, snow hat, mini bell & angel

Fall Leaves

Halloween: pumpkins, ghosts, bat, witch hat, haunted house, BOO

Shapes: circles, pentagon, triangle, diamond

Transportation: rocket & car

Wedding: diamond ring, wedding bells, cakes, wedding or bridesmaid dresses

Sports: jersey, footballs, bat, hockey stick, helmet

Snowflakes

Stars

New Year's/Celebrations: champagne flute

Valentine's Day: Lots of hearts, XO, cupid, dove, lips

The entire collection

This is where I store all of them.

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

I don’t need much of an excuse to make sugar cookies, so when Mother’s Day rolled around, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to whip up a batch of cookies.  I used crinkle cut square cookie cutters along with my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and then decorated the cookies with royal icing.  I wanted the icing colors to be fitting for the occasion, so I made yellow, purple, and white icing.  And I knew we would be having other desserts too, so I packaged up some of the cookies in little plastic treat bags, and placed a cookie at each place setting.  This way, my guests could take them home as favors, and the cookies also served as table decorations.  Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar.
  2. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
  3. Chill dough until firm.
  4. Roll to ¼” thickness on a well-floured surface.
  5. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets, and bake at 375° for 8-10 min. The cookies should not brown.
  6. Frost and decorate when cool.

Yields: 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size (Recipe can be doubled)

Recipe from: Annie’s-Eats blog

Royal Icing

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 5-6 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7 to 10 minutes, or until icing forms peaks.

Tips:

  • Icing recipe can be doubled.  I recommend doubling it if you double the cookie recipe and/or if you are using more than 2 colors of icing.  It’s always better to have a little extra, than to run out.
  • Keep icing covered with a wet kitchen towel (or wet paper towels) at all times, as icing can dry out quickly.
  • Click on this link for a good tutorial on how to decorate cookies with royal icing.
  • Have fun!

Royal Icing Recipe Adapted from: All Recipes

For the cookies, I used the largest cookie cutter as well as the medium sized one. (Photo from http://www.surlatable.com)

Other sugar cookies:

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

Happy Birthday Alyson!  My niece turned one this week, and she is celebrating with a butterfly themed birthday party.  For the party, I made butterfly sugar cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe.  Here are a few photos!

Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies

Happy Easter!  Here are a few photos of the Easter cookies I made.  These were so much fun to decorate!  I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and decorated the cookies with royal icing.  The recipes for the sugar cookies and royal icing can be found here.

Sugar Cookies for a ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Birthday Party

Sugar Cookies for a ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Birthday Party


I love making and decorating sugar cookies, so I was very excited when my sister asked me to make sugar cookies for my niece’s birthday party.  The theme of the party was “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” which is a book by the children’s author Eric Carle.  The book is about a caterpillar that eats different fruits (as well as many other types of food) as he works his way through the days of the week, all while on his quest to become a butterfly.  She wanted me to make cookies in the shape of the 5 main fruits that the caterpillar eats: apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges.

I was able to find apple, pear, and strawberry cookie cutters from Sur la Table, and I was very happy to find them on sale for only 56 cents each!  I found a peach cookie cutter from a different store, which I used to make the plum cookies.  And for the orange I just used a small circle biscuit cutter, which I already had.

I used this recipe for the sugar cookie dough.  It is a great recipe- easy to make and the cookies always come out perfectly.  I used royal icing to decorate the cookies and gel food coloring to tint the icing.  Royal icing is a combination of powdered sugar, water, almond extract, and meringue powder.  Adding almond extract to the icing is optional, but I think it makes the icing taste better.  Meringue powder is basically powdered pasteurized egg whites combined with a few other ingredients.  Royal icing creates a nice hardened powdered sugar glaze on the cookies and it is really good for piping designs and doing detail work on cookies.

Before I started decorating the cookies, I did a little bit of prep work.  I made a sketch of each cookie shape and labeled it with the color icing I planned to use.  Then I made a list of all of the icing colors I would need to make, and set up all of the necessary tools (disposable piping bags, decorating tips, couplers, squeeze bottles, small bowls and spoons to mix each color of icing in).  It is really helpful to have a plan of how you are going to decorate the cookies before you actually start making the icing and decorating them.  It only takes a few minutes to write up a quick plan, and it makes the decorating process so much easier and more efficient.  There are a lot of really helpful tutorials on the internet for how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.  (A good tutorial can be found here.)  Decorating these cookies was so much fun, and I can’t wait for my next cookie project – Easter cookies!  :)

In addition to the cookies, my sister made an adorable caterpillar cake using a round cake for the head, and cupcakes for the body.  The cake turned out so cute!

Sugar Cookie Recipe from: Annie’s-Eats blog

Sugar Cookies

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar.
  2. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
  3. Chill dough until firm.
  4. Roll to ¼” thickness on a well-floured surface.
  5. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets, and bake at 375° for 8-10 min. The cookies should not brown.
  6. Frost and decorate when cool.

Yields: 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size (Recipe can be doubled)

Royal Icing Recipe Adapted from: All Recipes

Royal Icing

(print recipe)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 5-6 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7 to 10 minutes, or until icing forms peaks.

Tip: Keep icing covered with a wet kitchen towel at all times, as icing can dry out quickly.

Adorable dessert table!

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

One of the things I love about Christmas is that it gives me an excuse to bake lots of cookies.  Today I made my first batch of Christmas sugar cookies.  I used this recipe for the cookie dough and decorated the cookies with royal icing.

Here are a few photos:


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