These sugar cookies look like fluffy, über soft pillows, don’t they? Tonight I will have sweet dreams of sleeping on giant sugar cookies.
My sister’s co-worker asked me for some special cookies for a baby shower. She was very specific with what she wanted. Sometimes very specific requests don’t work well, but this time it was perfect. Karen, the co-worker, wanted (1) sugar cookies decorated with pale yellow icing, (2) a capital J in lavender, and (3) three lavender pearls on cookie. Ok, so I couldn’t find lavender pearls, but two out of three ain’t bad, right?
I found a great J and printed row after row of Js on a plain piece of paper. I did the same once before with these San Francisco Giants baseball cookies. This time I used a size #4 tip for the letters and it was perfect for these full figured, curvy Js.
I also made some thinned out royal icing and tinted it lavender. It was thinned to the same consistency I would use to flood a cookie.
Next step: Trace, trace, and trace some more. Reposition paper as needed. Trace, trace, and trace some more.
These letters were left out overnight to dry completely. Since the J isn’t crazy detailed or delicate, I managed to get them all off the wax paper the next morning with no broken letters. Score one for me!
Now comes phase two. You know, the actual cookie part of the sugar cookies.
I first outlined each cookie with a pale yellow royal icing. The outline was left to dry for at least an hour. I’ve been known to be a wee bit impatient at this step, and have started flooding the cookies after maybe 15 minutes, but it’s resulted in lots of cracked outlines and frustration. It’s best to wait for the outline to dry for a bit longer.
As soon as the cookie was flooded with the pale yellow icing, I placed a J in the center, and added the three mini white pearls.
Voilà! The perfect party favor.
These too should be left to dry overnight. If you try to touch/stack/bag them any sooner, you will forever regret it.
You can find a cookie cutter just like this one over on Etsy.