I’ve got something really adorable for you all today. I can’t get over these cookie cutters! They are to die for… I’ve had these for months now, and have been waiting for the right moment to use them. These will be all the rage at your Easter brunch! Plus, not only are they so stinking cute, they’re delicious! This sugar cookie dough is the perfect recipe for cutting out cookies… they hold their shape! You can use it for all the holidays year round and even spruce it up with some spices!
Check it out…
I also made an awesome little video tutorial for the carrot sugar cookies! You can follow this same technique in decorating the other cookies as well.
The trick with decorating cookies is the consistency of the royal icing. What exactly is royal icing? It’s a very simple mixture of egg whites and powdered sugar!
To get the best results here are some tips to follow:
- ALWAYS sift your powdered sugar. This removes clumps and stops you piping tip from becoming clogged (very frustrating!).
- A little egg white goes a long way. You will need less egg white and more powdered sugar than you think!
- Use a hand mixer for fast results.
- Use good food coloring. To get the vibrant colors, you’ll need decent food coloring. I love using the Wilton pastes, but feel free to use another kind that you know is good!
- For the Sugar Cookies:
- 225 g butter, softened
- 200 g sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 vanilla bean
- 310 g flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- For the Royal Icing:
- egg whites
- powdered sugar, sifted
- Start by creaming the butter and sugar.
- Add the vanilla and the egg.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add to the mixture.
- Form into a dough and on a floured surface, roll out the dough to the desired thickness.
- For best results, roll the dough directly out onto floured baking paper.
- Cut out the cookies and remove extra dough.
- Slide the baking paper onto the baking tray.
- Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour (this is important!)
- Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes until the cookies begin to brown on the edges.
- Let cool and decorate!