The great thing about writing a blog and sharing all your thoughts is you end up stumbling upon other great blogs and ideas. This post is an example of just that. I had never made sugar cookies before and don't generally ice my biscuits or cookies but after seeing this concept on another blog I decided it was something I definitely wanted to try. There is no doubt these pretty 'cupcakes' were time consuming, but just look at the result, weren't they worth the time? Not only do they look great, but they were actually a front runner for one of my favourite biscuits I've ever made. At first when they came out of the oven they were quite hard to bite into, but once topped with the colourful royal icing they were just the right texture.
Cupcake Sugar Cookies
Ingredients: Cookies 200g butter at room temperature 280g sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 400g plain flour a pinch of salt
Royal Icing 1 egg white 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 310g icing sugar Food colouring
Method: For the Cookies
These cookies were inspired by a post on an amazing blog entitled 'Bake at 350'. This blog is truly inspirational when it comes to decorating cookies and biscuits. This blog inspired me to try icing biscuits which I had never done before. You will need the following tools to get going:
- cocktail sticks
- a piping bag (with a small and medium sized nozzle)
- sweets or coloured fondant icing for the top of the cupcake
- royal icing (colours of your choice)
What to do.....
1. I used a very thin nozzle and stiff royal icing coloured brown for the outline of the design.
2. I then mixed up some green royal icing, and added a little water to make it 'runny'. When my
brown outline was completely dried, I put a slightly bigger nozzle on a piping bag and 'pooled'
the green icing onto the cookie. I used a cocktail stick to push the icing right into the outlined
edges, ensuring to burst any obvious air bubbles.
3. I then repeated the process with the pink icing for the top of the cupcake.
4. Finally I added the lined detail for the base of the cupcake and sprinkles on top.
- Handy tip....when filling your piping bag, place the piping bag
into a pint glass and then fill it with icing (as pictured above).
Makes life a lot easier and also makes minimal mess.
- I love this trio of cupcake cutters I got as a gift. You can buy
them on Amazon.co.uk, see the link below.
- I tried using a funnel initially to pool the icing on the cookies
and it was a disaster.....wouldn't recommend it. Using different
sized nozzles on a piping bag is definitely a stress free
Cupcake Cutters (Amazon)
Bake at 350
This 'Sugar Cookie' recipe was adapted from 'The Hummingbird Bakery' cookbook.