I love having parties at my house. I love being a host. Sure, it can be stressful at times but I think it’s just so much fun to think of the menu and decorations and favors. When I knew I was going to be hosting Michelle’s bachelorette party/lingerie shower at my house, I couldn’t wait to put some plans into action.
Despite having a cake, I wanted to have something the guests could take home. What better than cookies? I had been wanting to try the “flooding” technique to decorating sugar cookies, but the only problem is that often those cookies are fairly gross. The cookies aren’t that great and taste like cardboard and the icing is just blah. So I set out to make these cookies look cute and taste great too, and I succeeded.
Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Recipe from: allrecipes.com
1.5 cups butter, softened
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla, then mix in the flour, baking powder and salt until well-incorporated. Remove the bowl and cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break off sections of dough and roll out on a floured surface until 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut shapes out with your desired cookie cutter and place on the cookie sheet one inch apart. Bake 6-8 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely before decorating.
* To make the bras and panties, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and simply cut in half under the two rounded tops and the bottom triangle. I then took a spoon and cut out little half moons for the legs of the panties from the triangle.
Tasty Royal Icing
Recipe adapted from Elly Says Opa, originally from Good Things Catered
4 cups powdered sugar, get the sifted 10x one
2 tbsp meringue powder
small splash of almond extract
small splash of butter extract
5 tbsp water
Mix all ingredients until no lumps remain and it is smooth. If a color is desired, use gel color (available in the cake decorating section) using a toothpick. Continue adding a little and mixing well until desired color is reached. Put a little in a pastry bag with a small round tip for piping. Pipe the outline of each cookie, until all are done.
Once all the cookies are outlined, you’ll add a little more water to thin the icing out a little. You don’t want it watery, just runny enough that you can spread it with a toothpick. Spoon some into a squeeze bottle and gently squeeze some onto the cookie, using a toothpick to smooth it out inside the outlined area (this is called flooding, you can find tutorials online for the technique). At this point I also added little candy pearls for the bras and panties. Repeat with remaining cookies.
Allow this icing to harden overnight if you’ll be decorating with more icing details on top.