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Independence Day Cookies

 

Tomorrow is July 4th! Normally we hang out at a friend’s house, eating lots of food and watching fireworks. Sadly, our friend will not be in town this weekend. Hubs has a gig over on the east coast of the state, so the squirt and I will probably go hang with him for part of the day.

 
I usually make sugar cookies only in December. I’m not the kind of person who busts out the cookie cutters for every celebration, although I really wish I were. When faced with a large batch of cookies to decorate, I sometimes feel a little daunted. However, this occasion I had a patriotic design in mind, so I didn’t mind the detailed work.

From my meager sugar cookie experiences, I have learned a few things. Here are my tips for the cookie decorator:

-Plan ahead for what colors you will need, and in which order you need to use them.

-Use a very small amount of water at a time to thin the icing, and mix well before adding more. To outline the edges, you want a consistency that flows easily, but still holds its shape. To flood with color, you want a thinner consistency so the icing spreads out after piping.

-Cover the mixing bowl of icing with a damp cloth while you work.-Keep piping bags upright when not in use. Dampen a paper towel and place at the bottom of a glass. Set the bag in the glass.


-Wear gloves when adding coloring.


Hope these tips help. Happy Independence Day!
 
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

2 c sifted all-purpose flour
¼ tsp table salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture, and mix until thoroughly combined. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and let chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Dust a large surface with flour. Unwrap the dough, and roll out to ¼ inch thickness, dusting generously with flour. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Re-roll out the scraps to cut more shapes.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, until cookies are golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack and decorate.
http://kokocooks.com/2010/07/independence-day-cookies/

 

Royal Icing

Ingredients

1 lb powdered sugar
5 Tbs meringue powder
½ c water (slightly less if you live in a humid climate like I do)
Small splash of almond extract (or whatever flavoring you like)

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium until fluffy but still dense, about 7-8 minutes. Thin with water as needed.
http://kokocooks.com/2010/07/independence-day-cookies/

 

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