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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer Cookies Made (Royal Icing) .. Flip Flops, Sunglasses and Sunshine Cookies

For our family reunion I always try to bring a fun desert or cookie. Since I've been getting more comfortable with royal icing I thought I would make some fun summer cookies. I googled summer cookies and found several ideas so I went to Hobby Lobby and found this three pack of cookie cutters and thought I can do this!
What you Need:
Cookie Cutter (Sun, Flip Flop and Sunglasses)
Sugar Cookies cut into suns, flip flops and sunglasses (see my fav sugar cookie recipe below)
Royal Icing in Green, Yellow, Orange, and Black (recipe below)
AmeriColor Gel Food Coloring Green, Yellow, Orange, and Black (to dye Icing)
Pipping Bag

Candy Hearts (for Flip Flop)
Small Candy Pearls (for Sunglasses)
Black Edible Marker 

Tint your Royal Icing to the perfect shade of yellow. I use the dipping method with my royal icing. I started to do this about 6 months ago to speed up my decorating time. You can pipe each cookie which is a little cleaner but I find the dipping method to be the best. You get your royal icing to the outline consistency and put into a pie dish (I find this is not too deep). Once you dip the top of the cookie you tap off the extra icing and then you let dry! Once dry you can add your details. I like to do my cookies the night before to give plenty of time for the icing to harden. 

I took a plastic piping bag and added the details with Black royal icing for the flip flops and sunglasses. I have found in the past making this a little thicker than your outlining consistency is best if not they run together and make a big glob. For flip flop I added a small heart decoration for the toe part. On the sunglasses I made the glass shade part and then on the corners I added some small pearls for fun details.

For the sunglasses I used the black edible marker to draw on the face. I tried piping it on but I liked the look of the marker better.

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1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.


  1. These are the coolest. I know my girl would go nuts making these. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. It's fun having you and hope to see you this Sunday.

  2. Too cute! Thanks for linking up to the Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesday!


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