I couldn’t wait to put this post up! To be honest, I’m still in the middle of frosting these bad boys. And in the middle of baking and frosting them, I cooked an awesome dinner (thanks @FifteenSpatulas!). If you couldn’t tell, I’m very much in the Valentine’s Day mood =)
I couldn’t resist making heart-shaped sugar cookies this year. They’re so cute and so easy to make. I’ve come across a ton of recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing, and I think I found my favorites. Only problem: I couldn’t find meringue powder! Anywhere. Seriously, where do I have to go to find this stuff?!
Anyway, the icing I used was a bit too liquidy to pipe, so I used the spoon method. Worked for me! Happy cookie baking to all!
Oh, and I learned how to marble the icing here. Definitely check out this blog for some neat decorating ideas.
Sugar Cookie Recipe from Everyday Occasions
2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cream of tarter
1 tsp of baking soda
In your Kitchen Aid fitted with the paddle attachement, whip together butter and powdered sugar. Add Flour, vanilla, cream of tarter, soda, and egg. On slow, stir together ingredients just until combined. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and wrap it with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Unwrap the dough and put it on a floured board. Be sure to flour the rolling pin, as well. Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees just until the edges begin to turn brown – baking time will depend on size and thickness of the cookie.
Royal Icing not using meringue powder
2 egg whites
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Beat egg whites and a little bit of the powdered sugar in a stand mixer. Slowly add the rest of the powdered sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla. To make it thicker, add more powdered sugar.