Valentines this year, I am so glad to be able to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing for the kids at my son’s school as they are going to have a Valentines’ party on Friday. I also have some extras to give to my friends.
Decorating cookies is my new challenge. One of my friends told me about her friend who doing this and she showed me the picture. It’s kind of interesting and they look adorable and beautiful. I told myself that I really have to try this. This is the fourth time I made them. The first time I made a bat and spider web design for the kids on Halloween, second time I made cars and trucks design for my son’s 3rd birthday, and the third time I made spider man and Captain America design for one of my friends’ son who turned 5. The first time I made them I did not get royal icing right consistency so they were a bit messy but I kept trying and it’s getting better. I really enjoy making them. They’re fun to make. Especially with a beautiful design in a special occasion like Valentines’s Day. I am very happy how they turned out.
Make: 70 – 80 cookies
NOTE: The cookies dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerate over night. Leave it outside 20 to 30 minutes before rolling, and it can be freeze for a month.
2 cup (454 gram) unsalted butter, softened
2 cup (400 gram)granulated sugar
2 large egg (100 gram), room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups (750 gram) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (Optional)
1 lemon zest (Optional)
1.Adjust oven racks to middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine. Set aside.
3. Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed. Add egg and vanilla, beat to combine, about 30 second. Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture, beat until incorporated, about 1 minute.
4. Divide dough in half; turn each dough into sheet of plastic wrap and flatten each portion into disks, tightly in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
5. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it come together and softened. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch cookie cutter, place 1/2-inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake until edges begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets half way through. Let cookies cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Recipe from Gretchen’s Bakery
Design source from How to decorate cookies for Valentine’s Day