Hey Friends Lacey here!
Can I tell you all a little Secret? I totally suck at frosting cookies in a pretty presentable way. I’ve been trying for years. If I’m being honest I haven’t tried that hard. I haven’t taken classes or watched hours of tutorials. But once in a while I’ll think I can make those pretty sugar cookies and hand them out to friends! Then after struggling to bake the cookies just right (I either make them to thick or too thin) . I then move onto the frosting only to end with it looking like my 6 year old frosted them. I usually have the kids finish them off and deliver them explaining “my kids made these we love you guys!” I’m always hoping my explanation makes up for the fact that my cookies look like Crap-ola as my Grandpa would say.
Emily and I talked about our failure to be able to pull of pretty sugar cookies. She said she believed in us. She called our friend Tracie who used to make and bake cookies as her business. So she’s basically a pro! She taught us the easiest TRICK ever!! My cookies next to Emily’s are laughable. I can happily appreciate and accept that my cookie skills need practice. I also don’t have the kind of patience required for perfect looking cookie making. I’m totally okay with that haha!
If you have struggled with pretty cookie making you will want to hug us after we share these tips with you! No more finicky Royal Icing. No more bumpy, sloppy frosted cookies! And this is THEEEEEEE best sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tried, eaten and made!
Do you want to know the secret ingredient? The batter is full of powdered sugar? They are incredible and I can’t wait for you to try them. Emily and me decorated these and I ate THREE of them!
I’m going to start out by giving you Emily’s EASY PEASY decorating tips and then I’ll share our friend Tracie’s incredible Sugar Cookie Recipe below!
TIP 1: Use store bought icing! SAY WHAT?! I’m serious! You can add a tiny bit of water like 1/4 teaspoon or more as needed to your store bought icing container. Then mix it up and put it in your piping bag for writing the letters and doing the outlines. We gasped when Tracie told us she doesn’t mess around with Royal Icing. Store bought tastes better, is quicker, easier to work with and looks pretty too! It won’t harden as hard as Royal Icing but that’s why it tastes so much better.
TIP 2: After frost your cookies with a butter knife clean off the knife on a paper towel. Next dip the clean knife into a glass of water. Use the slightly wet butter knife to smooth out the cookie. (see image above Top LEFT pic) Try to swipe it with one swipe across for best results.
TIP 3: Once you get your frosting on the cookie and you’ve smoothed it, then you’ll wipe your knife off on a paper towel again. Next take your knife and clean off the edge of the cookie to make it look clean and pretty (see image above bottom Left pic)
TIP 4: After you pipe your letters onto the cookie. Take your index finger and dip it into water. Then use your barely wet finger to dab onto any letters that have frosting sticking up from where you pulled your frosting up to finish a letter. Remember that Piping letters takes practice. All the cookies with sloppy letter in the pictures were done by me haha (see Buff Bod cookie as an example). Emily made all the pretty ones! She’s had more practice. Practice makes perfect. So don’t get frustrated just keep practicing!
- 1 C Butter
- 1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 1. Mix Butter, Powdered sugar, egg, and Almond extract together.
- 2. Mix Baking soda, Cream of tartar, and flour together in a bowl.
- 3. Add dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, egg and almond extract.
- 4. Refrigerate for 1.2 hours until cold.
- 5. Roll dough onto lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Add more flour if needed until dough is no longer sticky.
- 6. Cut out shapes.
- 7. Bake at 400 for 7 minutes
- Use Store bought icing by adding a 1/2 teaspoon at a time of water to reach the desired consistency for your piping bag.
- Tip: If using a knife to apply frosting. Wet knife after you've frosted and slide across the top of the frosted cookie to smooth out the frosting.
We tried to pick funny sayings our husband would laugh at. So we could have totally called these husband conversation heart cookies haha! It was all fun and games until my 6 year old son asked me what Make out and Sexy meant (insert embarrassed emoji face)! I think too often we make the kids cookies but when do the husbands ever get some flirty cookies just for them? Maybe just hide them so the kids don’t see!
We had to take a crazy photo because we’re both photo obsessed!
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