Monday, March 28, 2011

Cookie Monday: iced sugar cookie tips

I love making iced sugar cookies- although the mess I make in the process is at the top of Kevin's pet peeve list- and recently got to create some sparkly glass slippers and some cute owls for two good friends...

(Kate's Party)

(Gianna's Party)

Rolled & cut sugar cookies may seem evil,
but here are a few simple tricks:

1. I use Ina Garten's shortbread (lack of leavener prevents much rise) and
this royal icing recipe (calls for meringue powder, not egg whites- easy peasy).

2. Try rolling pin bands (consistent thickness is helpful!), and roll between layers of plastic wrap, so you avoid adding lots of extra flour.

3. Dough should be well-chilled throughout the whole process. I like to stick my rolled out dough in the freezer for 15 minutes right before baking.

4. To get even crisper edges, dip the cookie cutter in warm water and cut again immediately AFTER removing baked dough from the oven. You have to work fast!

5. I use gel colors to tint my icing. It's potent! You only need a dab.

6. Plastic squeeze bottles are so much easier than piping bags. Use a fine tip for outlining and a slightly wider one for filling in ("flooding").

7. Work assembly line style, and don't rush! It takes lots of time & practice. Allow drying time in between layers/colors.

8. And finally: Clean the kitchen as you go, so your husband won't ban you from future baking for friends.


carlisle clan conversation... said...

Yeah, great tips! I may or may not have drooled over your cookies when each of those parties were posted. PS I want the ca-razy creative gene that the Holla's got...seriously! XO

mel @ the larson lingo said...

The glass slippers you made for Kate's party were a hit, so thankful for your cookie making skills :)

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thank you so very much for these amazing recipes and tips!

Leslie @ top of the page said...

you are one talented cookie lady. i'm a pretty capable lady, but sugar cookies have always and still seem so very daunting to me. your tips sound great, but the time and work and detail! i may not be "cut out" for it :) and i think its funny that you and Mel and I are all married to kevins.

The Future Mrs. Knifton said...

I always refer back to your last post about perfect sugar cookies when I make them.

I could use one of those owl cookies about now!

Marta @ Haus of Girls said...

you are amazing.
I almost can't be friends with you anymore. Those cookies are out of control cute. Come bake with me!