Lets Decorate some Sugar Cookies

My mom is planning a bridal shower for me, and I decided to help her by doing some desserts and decorations.

For desserts I will make some cupcakes, cake, cookies and maybe some cake pops. Today I want to show you a super easy cookie decorating technique, called brush-embroidery that gives really beautiful results with little effort.

These cookies can be a perfect favor for a summer wedding, or in my case, for a garden-themed bridal shower.

You will need:

  • A batch of sugar cookie dough (your favorite recipe and flavor – I like this one)
  • Round cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheets
  • Royal Icing – there are many recipes for making your royal icing, like this one, but, if you don’t usually decorate that many cookies, I highly recommend purchasing a bag of royal icing by CK, it works perfectly and you won’t have to worry about the recipe. By the way, the recipe that I use is the one with meringue powder, not the one with egg whites.
  • Food coloring
  • Wax paper (letter size) or you could use pastry bags and tips, but I feel like I have more control using little wax paper cones.
  • Clean brush and water

Begin by rolling your dough at your desired thickness. I prefer my cookies to be a bit chunky, so usually I roll it between 5 – 7 mm (about 1/4 inch, I think)

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Cut your circles and pop them in the oven until golden brown. When they are done, set them in a cooling rack.

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Now, it is time to start prepping your royal icing. Follow the recipe or the directions on the bag.

You will need two different consistencies: a thick one for the outline, and a runny one, to fill the cookies. Add a bit of coloring at the time, until you get the desired tone.

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This is how the thick icing should look.

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And now, you can either use a pastry bag with a #2 tip, or a paper cone. Below is a quick photo guide on how to make one, and here is an actual tutorial.

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Fill your cone not more than 2/3, otherwise it will overflow and you will have a mess in your hands.

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Now you are ready. Start outlining your cookies.

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Wait until the outline is dry. Then, add water a little at a time until the royal icing is a bit runny.

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Start flooding your cookies.

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Let them dry completely, for about 5 hours or preferably, overnight.

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When they are completely dry, use some royal icing with the thick texture. Draw the outline of a flower. Don’t worry, whatever flower you draw it will look great.

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Now, quickly, before it dries, use a slightly wet brush and begin “pulling” the icing down.

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Add a second layer of petals and repeat the pulling process.

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When you are done, add some random dots and admire your work.

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Aren’t they pretty? You can store them in a dry, cool place, for about two weeks. These cookies would look great individually wrapped on clear bags with some ribbon and a cute tag. Perfect favor!

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I hope everyone likes them at the shower!

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