Hey there, Friends!
It seems like it has been a while since my last post…probably because I missed our regularly scheduled blog chat last week! You will never guess what I have been up to…ok maybe you can guess (did the title give it away?!)…I was baking cookies for my beautiful niece’s birthday party! Thank you to my super talented sister-in-law for allowing me to make them!
Truthfully, it is so easy to get wrapped up in keeping my business name out there that I forget to live sometimes! So I took the week off to make these cookies. Baking is a long lost hobby of mine…I could NEVER do it professionally. This project took me 3 days to make (to all you professional bakers out there…don’t laugh)! But ya’ll, I was soooo proud of myself when they were complete. I couldn’t believe I made them! Of course I started this project by brainstorming…and by brainstorming I mean…searching Pinterest. I found tons of ideas and decided to mix a few ideas to come up with my own. Check out the process below; I have linked some helpful products and tutorials along the way!
My Cookie Recipe:
2 Cups Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
2 Cups Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Almond Extract
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
6 Cups Flour
Cream sugar and butter until completely mixed together. Do not mix beyond a smooth creamy consistency.
Add extracts and eggs. Mix.
Add 4 tsp. baking powder. Mix.
Then mix in the 6 cups of flour, one cup at a time. **Tip: Put a towel over your mixer to avoid a huge white cloud of mess!
The dough should be a consistency similar to play doh! Roll it out to about 3/8″ thickness, cut out your shapes, and bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes.
Glitter monograms on cookies!! Oh yes ma’am! I piped these letter G’s with stiff royal icing on wax paper and covered them with Gold Disco Dust. You can purchase that HERE. I let them dry for 24 hours before I attempted to carefully pull them off and place them on the cookies.
I had never done rosettes before! I read the tutorial and though…”oh yea…this will be a breeze!”…ummm no. It took some practice but I finally got the hang of it! I used a tutorial from one of my favorite baking blogs, Sweet Sugarbelle. You can find the tutorial HERE.
Outlining the cookies :: This is a true test of my patience, ya’ll. For real!
The end result! Not perfect…but hey…I am still proud!
I tried my hand at WATERCOLOR cookies!! This part was super addicting! Especially because I have no painting ability at all…but these were so fun! I used Americolor Food Coloring, Gold Lustre Dust, Vanilla Extract, and Water to create the paint.
I hope you enjoyed my cookie making adventures! Feel free to share your baking experiences in the comments!