Sunday, February 28, 2010

SMS Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies can be either simple or elaborate, but always delicious! Nina of Nina's Cupcakes choose Sugar Cookies for this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays selection.

I love fancy decorated cookies and decided this was the perfect opportunity to give try making some myself. While there was some frustration decorating the cookies, overall it was fun and it could easily become an obsession!
The cookies themselves were easy to make. I followed the lead of some of my fellow SMSers and added a little more sugar, some lemon juice, and baking powder to the cookies. I also used both vanilla and almond extract for a little more flavor.

The SMS recipe doesn't call for frosting the cookies so I had to find a recipe for the royal icing. I ended up using one from a Julia Child cookbook but will try one that uses meringue powder next time in the hopes that it whips up a little more quickly. I had a lot of fun using my new disposable pastry bags, tips, and squeeze bottles and using new techniques for decorating the cookies. We are all anxious for spring (the 60 degree weather I posted about last week was short lived) so I pulled out the most spring-like cookie cutters I have and ended up with a hodge podge of flowers, ice cream cones, and pigs. I can't wait to try using different colors of frosting on future batches.

To check out the recipe, head over to Nina's blog!
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  1. Thanks for baking with me this week! These are so adorable. The piggy and the ice cream cone makes me so ready for spring and summer!

  2. Those are some cute looking cookies!

  3. Your cookies remind me of the iced animal cookies, which I love! The ice cream cone is so cute!

  4. These are cute!! I love the pink and that ice cream cone cookie is cute. I need to find one for summer time cookies!

  5. I love the pig cookies! So cute!

    Katie xox

  6. Your ice cream cone is adorable, the pig cookie is definitely cute along with being the perfect pink and the flower cookie is great for thinking about Spring - which so many of us are doing!

    I think the hardest part for me this time was cleaning up my mess =o)

  7. Your cookies are darling. I love the ice cream cone!

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