I didn’t experiment much on V-Day this year because I’m working on a special media project, something I’m very excited about but have to keep under wraps for now. So, I decided to stick with my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and royal icing, but get more creative with the design.
I saw a video about marbling Christmas tree cookies using royal icing by Chelsweets Bakery and they were really beautiful. As you may know, my favorite sugar cookie recipe comes from The Recipe Critic. You get a firm cookie with a nice soft center. For the royal icing, it’s Sugar Hero. You may also want to try Elizabeth’s sugar cookie in the link. It’s really good, too, and is made using a couple of different ingredients. It’s fun to test various recipes so jump in and see what works for you.
After baking the cookies, and allowing them to cool completely, I whipped up a batch of royal icing and divided it into three bowls. Make sure the bowls are big enough to dip the cookies in face down. I used pink and red in one bowl, blues in another bowl, then kept one bowl back in case I messed up the others. Next, add drops of food coloring in the bowl and use a toothpick to make swirls. You can also use icing that’s been prepped for piping (see video). Dip the cookie face down and lift straight up. If your icing is a little thick, it will fold over, like the photo above, to a point. If you would like a smoother look, thin the icing out before adding food coloring. I prefer it thick because I like this look and I like extra icing on my cookie. To get purple, I added red into the blue food color bowl. The cookies looked amazing!