How to decorate sugar cookies
Sugar cookies are easy to make at home when you start with a great sugar cookie recipe. To ensure success, cool all your ingredients to room temperature. Sift the dry ingredients before adding them to the wet ingredients. Here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe.
Basic Sugar Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars for two minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the dry mixture to the mixture slowly until all the flour is incorporated. Place the dough in a bowl or plastic bag and chill for an hour or more. Roll out the dough on a parchment-lined board to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutter. All cookies of the same size should be baked together. If not, the smaller cookies will burn before the larger cookies are done.
Place your cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. The yield of this recipe varies depending on the size of the cookie cutters you use.
Important Cookie Dough Tip: Cookie cutters should be used close together to cut the cookie dough. This eliminates re-rolling the dough over and over again, which makes your baked cookie tough. Press the cookie cutter down into the cookie dough and then shake a little to get a clean cut. Remove the cookie sheet.
Flavored fondant: Fondant can be flavored using concentrated candy flavors to enhance flavor. All it takes is a little candy flavoring mixed into the fondant to add the desired flavor. Children love the taste of chewing gum.
How to quickly decorate your baked sugar cookies with fondant: Use store-bought brands of fondant to quickly decorate your baked sugar cookies. To use the fondant out of the package, you need to cut it into smaller pieces and then knead the fondant until it becomes pliable. Then you can put it all back together and knead it into a ball. Place in a plastic bag to keep from drying out. Scoop out some of the fondant and roll it out thinly, about 1/8 inch thick. Use the same cookie cutter to cut out the fondant and then place the fondant cutouts on a sheet of wax paper until you’ve cut them all out.
Take a food-safe brush and some coloring gel to paint the center of the baked sugar cookie and then apply the fondant cutout on top. Gently smooth the fondant cutout onto the baked sugar cookie so that it is completely attached to the cookie. Set aside and repeat with the remaining baked sugar cookies.
To decorate the top of the sugar cookies, you can use simple decorating tools or items you have in the kitchen that can leave imprints in the fondant (forks, sheer lace, or cake decorating tools). You can also add a thin layer of marbling gel to the fondant, then brush sanding sugar over the marbling gel and shake the cookie to remove the excess.
After you have finished decorating all the baked sugar cookies, you need to let the fondant set before placing the cookies in cellophane bags or arranging them on a cookie sheet. It usually takes 12-24 hours for the fondant to harden.
Please see the link below to see how-to photos and simple fondant decorating ideas for your sugar cookie.
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