Dana and I love making and decorating cookies! Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am. This does not prevent me from trying. Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies. So we have been testing different recipes. We tried royal icing. It was great tasting and easy to work with. However, it dried dull and not shiny. Our next step was to try making our own recipe. We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted. We used corn syrup for the perfect shine. We then added vanilla for flavor. Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill. This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.
My wife Dana is a great baker. She also has a great eye for design. So I have to put it out there, these cookies are all her. My hands are not steady enough and my decorating ideas are not good enough to make these cookies. However, she was happy to share them with all of you. So a big thank you to Dana! How awesome do these cookies look? By the way, these sugar cookies are perfection. They are not too sweet, thus allowing you to coat them in super sweet royal icing. Plus, they hold up great without overly rising. Therefore, your cutouts look exactly as they should.
I was trolling around the internet looking for some inspiration and discovered these tasty cookies over at SavorySights.com. They were posted by Fake Ginger and they reminded me of the super soft and delicious sugar cookies that the local Ukrop’s Bakery inside of Martin’s makes. They were perfect. Light and fluffy and exactly what I expected. These cookies are almost like eating sugary air. They are a must try.
I have been on the lookout for a good recipe to re-create the smiley face cookies that I had as a child. These are the large sugar cookies that had the hard glaze over them. I discovered the glaze but the cookie always seems to evade me. I have been making sugar cookies over the past couple of months to try to re-create them. Although the sugar cookie in this post isn’t the right one for the smiley face cookie, it is super tasty. It is light and fluffy with a great flavor, a perfect sugar cookie. The one that I strive for, is harder and crunchier and a tad bit sweeter. Not the definition of a perfect sugar cookie, but the perfect cookie to recreate my childhood memories. Anyway I had to post about this cookie, because out of the bunch, it tasted really good.
As you can see, I painted the eyes and mouth before the first glaze completely hardened. Thus, giving me a not so perfect smiley face. 🙁