Everyone should have a hobby.
Mine is baking.
Specifically, cookie decorating. There is something about creating a little piece of artwork and seeing someone you love enjoy your art!
Let me show you how to glaze the “perfect”
piece of art sugar cookie!
Here is the recipe I use. The cookies don’t spread and hold their shape. Perfect for cutting.
Glazed Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup 75% vegetable oil margarine
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cool water
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 to 2 drops gel food coloring
- 1) Using your mixer, mix together sugar, egg, margarine and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.2)Add salt and flour and mix until flour is incorporated. Do not overmix. 3) Roll dough into a ball.4) On a floured surface using half the dough, roll out dough to desired thickness. Cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutters. 5) Place on an ungreased baking sheet. 6) Bake for 6 to 8 minutes carefully watching for a light golden brown on the bottom. 7) Remove from oven and cool for one minute before transferring from baking sheet. 8) When completely cooled, glaze as desired.
Gather your ingredients.
On a floured surface, place about half your dough onto the surface. Using your adjustable rolling pin, roll out your dough. Use your favorite cutter for the design. (Careful, you may get addicted to collecting cookie cutters!)
Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes until lightly golden brown. Let cool for one minute. Remove from cookie sheet until completely cooled. Be careful with delicate designs when removing from cookie sheet so cookies don’t crack or break.
Make your glaze. I like to use gel food coloring. It colors well without changing the texture or taste of the glaze. Use a “10 second” rule when mixing your glaze. Like this….
Using a rubber scraper, run it through your glaze counting to 10. If the glaze folds back into itself with no line after 10 seconds, you have the right consistency.
For thinner glaze, add a drop of water at a time.
For thicker glaze, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar at at time.
Pour your colored glaze into your bottles. Put the caps on so your glaze doesn’t dry out.
Let’s start off with some simple designs.
Grab a cookie. With your bottle, begin to outline your cookie. Be careful not to touch the tip of the bottle onto your cookie. It will create clogging on the tip of your bottle. After you have outlined your cookie, fill in with glaze.
Do not add too much glaze, that it will run off the sides. I do not wait to fill (the professional term is called flooding) after the outline.
Using a toothpick or decorating “stick”, spread the glaze around to fill in the holes.
Immediately add your sanding sugar. The glaze is very forgiving. Pour on the sugar liberally and gently tap off the excess.
Let dry at least 2 hours.
The process of outlining and filling is so relaxing to me.
This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed at the bottom of the post can be found at your local craft or grocery store, but the links have been provided for your convenience in recreating this project.
Here are the supplies I use:
There is no end to the designs and your friends and family will be impressed with a simple cookie.
Added bonus, the cookies are ssssoooo good!
Let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to bringing you new designs!