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Frosted Sugar Cookies {Valentines}

I went a little extra on this year’s Valentine’s Day treats for Charlotte’s daycare friends. I truly LOVE to bake, but even I must admit this was a bit too time consuming. However, I still want to share with you my go-to sugar cookie and royal icing recipe! They both come from one of my favorite baking blogs, Bake at 350. You can tell I’m not a master decorator, but I hope to work on my royal icing technique this year!

Tell me, what have you gone a little “extra” on recently??

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Snowflake Cookies

T-7 days until Christmas! Allow me to re-share some of the prettiest cookies I’ve made! And received some of the best compliments for. If royal icing wasn’t such a process, I’d totally be doing things like this more often…

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In the past, I’ve made myself a “creative agenda” on weekends where I have downtime. It usually consists of projects that I’ve been wanting to try, but are totally not important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes, when I would do this, I would end up not enjoying the activity I had so looked forward to doing, because it would suddenly feel more like a “to do list” instead of a “just for fun” activity.

Well, on Sunday afternoon, I had a sudden urge to do some holiday baking, so I did. And I have to say it was a lot more fun than when I spend time checking creativity off my to do list. And I’d say the result was pretty fun! Not to mention, I had some lucky coworkers on Monday morning.

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{Sorry for the office iPhone photo…}

I’ve tried a few sugar cookie recipes over the…

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Mmm...Food...

Snowflake Cookies

In the past, I’ve made myself a “creative agenda” on weekends where I have downtime. It usually consists of projects that I’ve been wanting to try, but are totally not important in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes, when I would do this, I would end up not enjoying the activity I had so looked forward to doing, because it would suddenly feel more like a “to do list” instead of a “just for fun” activity.

Well, on Sunday afternoon, I had a sudden urge to do some holiday baking, so I did. And I have to say it was a lot more fun than when I spend time checking creativity off my to do list. And I’d say the result was pretty fun! Not to mention, I had some lucky coworkers on Monday morning.

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{Sorry for the office iPhone photo…}

I’ve tried a few sugar cookie recipes over the years, and I have a few that I regularly go to. The one I used this week comes from Tidy Mom’s Halloween Cookie post. I cut the recipe in half and made 16 large cookies. They are Vanilla Almond Butter Cookies, and are similar to my other go-to recipe from Bake at 350. I used the same Royal Icing recipe as last time, also from Bake at 350.

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People make royal icing sound so difficult, but it’s actually incredibly easy. The hardest part is taking the time to actually decorate the cookies. And I don’t have a very steady hand, so it will definitely take some practice…

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I very highly recommend rolling out your dough between two sheets of wax paper. It’s MUCH easier and less messy than throwing flour all over your kitchen.cookies4

I have a full set of Christmas Cookie Cutters from Crate & Barrel, but it doesn’t look like they have that particular set anymore. I love these huge cutters though!cookies6

I use a pastry bag with a very little whole in it to outline the cookies. I know I probably need tips for my bags, but whatever. A hole works! cookies7

Then, I thinned out the rest of my icing with a couple of tablespoons of water – just until they are the consistency of syrup. Then I use those cheap little plastic squeeze bottles you see in the picture. They were like, $2 at Michaels. You “flood” the cookies and spread the icing around a little with a toothpick.cookies8

Once the icing hardened, I used some of the original icing in piping bags to make the designs. Like I said, not the steadiest hand…but it will come with time, I hope!cookies9cookies11

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State Cookies + Royal Icing

Happy Friday! For our housewarming party (now almost two weeks ago!) I decided to have a little fun and try something new. I have had these great WI and TN cookie cutters since our summer trip to Wisconsin, and felt like there could be no better time to use them than for a housewarming in Ohio. cookies1

I used the Vanilla Almond Cookie recipe, Royal Icing recipe, and Royal Icing tutorials from Bake at 350. It was surprisingly easy to do, and I think it was a fun addition to the party!

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I also opted for leaving the icing plain white, since it was my first go with royal icing. I figured, why waste food coloring gel on an experiment, right?cookes

But I really enjoyed doing it and hope to get creative with some future royal icing cookies soon…Have a great weekend!