Valentine's Day is almost here! I was back and forth about what treat I was going to make for the actual weekend of it. The idea of sugar cookies with royal icing had been in my mind since I had basically started baking, but here's a confession... I was afraid to try them. I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to my baking, and I get really irked when things don't come out looking like I want. With most cookies I can be pretty liberal and at least pull them off as looking rustic, but with royal icing I felt it was going to be all or nothing. A big win or a big fail.
And then came these cookies. I melted the minute I saw them and I knew immediately as opposed to hearts and cupids, my Valentine's Day cookies would be underwear. I just couldn't let this opportunity pass me by. (Let me tell you my dad is LOVING this post right now.)
Now while there were some bumps along the road on this my first experience of decorating with royal icing, I am so so glad I finally tried them. They turned out so much cuter than I hoped!! I didn't have a boy's underwear cookie cutter in my house (believe me some people do) so I just made a make-shift one with some cardboard.
I'm going to wait to do a full tutorial on royal icing until I do a few more batches of cookies with it and see what really works for me and doesn't. But I can tell you this, if you decide to try royal icing don't get frustrated. It's one of those things that the more cookies you do with it, the easier it gets. Even in just one sitting my last cookies were so much neater than my first few.
The lesson learned is don't be afraid of pursuing something just because you are afraid of it not turning out how you want. I can't wait to package these up and make some smiles on Valentine's Day. Expect many more royal icing cookies from me!
So whether you're a wearer of boxer's, or love someone who is, these cookies might just be perfect for you!
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixer for 2-3 min. Add powdered sugar and beat until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg, almond and vanilla extract, salt and flour and beat until dough forms. Form dough into a ball and chill for 15-30 minutes in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough on very floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and bake on sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat for 8-10 minutes (cookies should not be brown). While cookies are baking re-roll scraps and cut out more cookies. If the dough ever gets too soft, chill for another 10 minutes. Bake all cookies, let cool, and decorate!
Sugar Cookie Recipe adapted from: Annie's Eats
Decoration adapted from: The Baking Sheet