Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be Mine?: Valentine Sugar Cookies


I always used to call Valentines Day, a "Hallmark Holiday". However, I've realized that if you take away the chocolates, flowers and gifts; it's really not that bad of an idea. You don't need a significant other to tell someone you love them, pass on a smile, or say something nice to brighten someone's day.

I know I have already posted my sugar cookie recipe, but I am just so proud of myself that I have finally been improving on my royal icing skills. Decorated cookies always make great presents, because they are thoughtful and hopefully delish as well! (They usually are my boyfriend's favorite kind of present.) You can always find a cookie cutter for any occasion. My new favorite one is a high heeled pump. (Hobby Lobby and Michael's have an insane amount in every category imaginable)


With a little practice and a light dusting of powdered sugar all over my apartment, beautiful bakery quality results are possible. 

Happy Valentines Day! I love you all!


Wilton Royal Icing Recipe:



Ingredients
4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
Directions
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty
mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
Thinned Royal Icing:To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing.
Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you
reach proper consistency.
 
How to Ice:
Use your first batch of "thick" royal icing and outline the shapes in the cookie you want to separate for different colors. Then put a couple teaspoons of water to thin your icing. You will use this batch to fill in the outlines 



Sometimes I like to just add sugar instead of frosting 





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