Easter Sugar Cookies


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

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

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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