Easter Sugar Cookies

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I've become addicted to making holiday sugar cookies. In the weeks and days before a holiday, my Google Reader is full of different posts with decorated sugar cookies. Combine that with a set of 100 different cookie cutters and well, I just can't resist.

I've tried a few different recipes for royal icing and I believe I've finally found the one that I'm going to stick with. A couple of months ago Tom and I were visiting his mom at her new house. We were flipping through Coastal Living (or something like that) magazines and I found a recipe called Decorators Icing. Since my last royal icing attempt didn't go so well, I figured I'd check this one out.


Royal Icing
Yield: 1 cup icing

Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
7-8 tsp. heavy whipping cream, plus extra
food coloring of your choice

Directions:
1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream.
2. Beat on low speed until a chunky icing has formed. Increase the speed to high. I typically need to add another teaspoon or two of the whipping cream. Continue beating until a smooth, glossy icing has formed.

This made enough icing for to outline all of the bunnies and eggs with a little bit left over. I usually double or triple this recipe in order to have enough icing.

To use icing:
Transfer the icing to small bowls and add a small amount of food coloring. Using a plastic spatula, stir until the food coloring has completely disappeared and you've reached the color you want. Cover the icing with a lid or tightly wrap in plastic wrap until you're ready to use it.
To flood icing:
Add water, one drop at a time and stir until you reach a consistency where the icing will pour easily off a spoon.


I think these are my best cookies so far, I just really wish I hadn't misplaced my #1 tip. I think there would have been a 100% difference in the detail of the cookies. I debated on running out to Walmart to buy another #1 tip, but they only sell it in a package of 4 tips and then I'd have four of the other tips I already have multiples of.

I really had a lot of fun using the sanding sugar I found at the Amish Market near work. I also decorated some of the cookies with star shaped sprinkles. My favorite cookies are the sanding sugar only bunnies.

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