Recipe 76: Iced Sugar Cookie Cutouts

The holiday season might be gone, but this was a pre-Christmas baking event, so deal with it.

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We had my niece, Ava, over for an all-day baking extravaganza. We made peanut butter kiss cookies, glitter balls, peppermint bark (that failed), and these. 

Step 1: Gather ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder.
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Those were farm fresh eggs. Dustin told Ava there was a chance she could crack one and a dead chick would be inside. That was a fun conversation.

Step 2: Whisk to combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
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Put the girl to work.

Step 3: Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
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Step 4: Add vanilla.
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You like how she’s doing everything?

Step 5: Add eggs.
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Work, work, work, work.

Step 6: Gradually mix in flour mixture.
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Step 7: Divide dough in half and shape into disks. Wrap and chill.
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Step 8: Roll dough on a floured work surface and cut. 

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This new marble slab worked out nicely. I put Dustin and Ava on this task since we all know how much I hate rolling and cutting dough. I’d rather slave away making toys.

Step 9: Bake.
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After doing that a million times, we decided to wait to ice them until the next day. We all gathered at my parents’ house and got to work.

Step 10: Gather icing ingredients: meringue powder, flour, water.
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Who knew you can buy meringue powder at Market of Choice for WAY cheaper than getting Wilton?

Step 11: Combine.
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Step 12: Beat with an electric mixer for 7 minutes.
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Easy…not! My mom has a stupid hand mixer. “Low” speed is equivalent to a 6 on my KitchenAid mixer.

Step 13: Pipe an outline and fill. (Or not)
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My sister is a cake decorator at a bakery and said they dip their cookies in royal icing. I was skeptical.

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“Dip and then scrape off the excess with your finger.” Thanks, Brittany, for that advice. This looks so great.

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I’m so impressed.

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These didn’t look great, but not terrible either.

I finally got my sister to use a piping bag, but this happened because she wasn’t paying attention.

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I lost all hope for these cookies.

Guess what? We ran out of royal icing. I had to go back and mix again. 7 minutes of heaven.

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Huh. This batch was thick.

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We made some colors and decorated which was total torture for me. Here are the final results:

Me (“Mr. Steadyhand”):
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Ava (the 7-year-old):
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Dustin (“Nurse Dusty”):
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Brittany (“The overachiever”):
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Link to original recipe

Yields: 24
I got: 27

Total time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Martha’s estimated time: 4 hours

What did I learn? 

  • I still hate royal icing. I can’t do it.
  • All day baking extravaganzas are tiring, and hot.
  • Dipping the cookies isn’t necessarily easier.

What do I need to learn? 

  • Why, with the exact same ingredients, did that second batch come out so much thicker?

So, these didn’t even taste good. I did give some away, so I’m sorry if you are reading this.

We bought my mom a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas. Bye, Sunbeam hand mixer!

One response to “Recipe 76: Iced Sugar Cookie Cutouts

  1. Love this post! 🙂
    Royal icing with flour? or powdered sugar? I can’t imagine it would taste good with flour. lol.
    I’ve only ever made royal icing once. It was sucky. I made glaze recently which was pretty easy and awesome. Try that next time! I’m guessing the second batch was thicker because there was less water. Even minuscule amounts make a difference with RI.

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