Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

It's Wednesday already??? The suns been out and the week is flying by. 
Do you have your green all ready for tomorrow?
You don't want to get pinched.
#ouch

We have 3 adorable little girls who are real spitfires living next door to us. They just love coming over here and want to touch everything they possibly can.
It's a hoot!!!

I like to take them surprises for different holidays. Who doesn't like a surprise???

I love to make and decorate sugar cookies and recently bought a new shamrock cookie cutter, so I was happy to have an excuse to use it.

I have a sugar cookie recipe that a friend of mine shared with me many years ago. I've tried others from time to time, but always come back to this one. It's my favorite and they last so well. They don't ever seem to get stale.
#winning

The dough for these cookies needs to be made ahead of time and then popped in the fridge for a few hours so I usually mix it up a day or two before I'm planning to make cookies.

I didn't bother to show the process of making the cookies, because...well...I was in a rush.
But I'm guessing you can figure it out. You're obviously pretty smart.
#yourereadingthisblog

I did however snap some pictures while I was mixing up the Royal Icing I use for decorating.


You want the consistency to be thick enough to pipe an outline on the cookies before thinning it to a "flooding" consistency to fill in the cookies. If it's too thick when you go to fill them in it won't level out on it's own and make a nice smooth surface. I use one of 2 kinds of "dye" for the icing. The one pictured above is made by Wilton. The other one is a gel that comes in a little squeeze bottle. Both work well.

I wanted to show you the various greens and how I just continued to add more color. I started with a toothpick, but moved on to a knife for the additions.


I go back and forth between using a pastry bag for the icing or a squeeze bottle. It really just depends on how many colors I'm doing. But today since it was just one, I went with a bottle.

You can see the icing on the outline is a little "stiffer" than the icing in the middle. It's been thinned a bit. 

Some of the cookies I left alone, but I added sprinkles to some.
#kidslovesprinkles

Leave the cookies sitting out several hours to overnight until the frosting hardens. Then store in an airtight container with wax paper between layers. 

Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tarter

Mix softened butter and sugar. Add egg & flavorings and mix well. Stir in the soda and cream of tarter, then flour.
Chill several hours (can be made up to a couple days ahead)
Roll out about 1/3 of the dough at a time on a floured surface and cut out cookies.
Bake 7-8 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Remove to wire rack to cool..

Royal Icing
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons water
(more if needed)

Mix on low speed of an electric mixer until it loses its shine. Add more water 1 tablespoon at a time to make desired consistency.

I've got an Easter goody to go with the cookies when I deliver them tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes and fill you in on that later.

Hope you're having a wonderful week so far. Spring is in the air.

Lisa
XOXOXO


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