I decided that I wanted to make some festive cookies to take into work on St. Patricks Day. After searching 8 stores for a cookie cutter I finally found one at Michael's. I also decided to be daring and try my hand at royal icing. I just love how smooth and perfect the tops of the cookies look when they are adorned with royal icing.
It turns out that royal icing is not difficult to work with it is just time consuming. I think that the most difficult part of the whole process is piping the border along the edge of the cookies. But that will probably come with practice.
Sugar cookies have never been my favorite cookie to eat but are always a favorite to make because they are so fun to decorate. This cookie recipe yielded pretty delicious cookies. I like that powdered sugar is used in this recipe, it helps give the cookies a smoothness. I also love that almond extract was used. Delicious!
I hope that everyone enjoys the day and celebrates safely. Here is a little *pinch* in case you forgot to wear green. I know I am definitely wearing my green scrubs to work today. :)
Ella’s White Sugar Cookies
Source: Annie's Eats
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour
Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool. Yields ~40 cookies.
I used Annie's and Katie's blogs for help and instructions on the royal icing so please visit their sites for very detailed recipes and instructions.