Happy 4th of July everyone!
Frosted sugar cookies are not just for Christmas anymore! I love making sugar cookies every time a holiday rolls around; it’s a great excuse to have fun with sprinkles. 🙂
Today I have two great tips for you; the first one will make your decorating easier, the second one will make your decorating prettier, and together they’ll make your decorated sugar cookies fabulous!
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make the cookies, then mix up a batch of this yummy frosting (get the recipe below) which is super fast and easy. It’s a classic American version of buttercream frosting. Use the frosting to pipe around the outside shape of the cookies, or even to highlight certain design elements in the shapes. You could also use Royal Icing for the piping. Allow the frosting to setup a little, and then let the fun begin!
Don’t you just hate it when you add sprinkles to your cookies and the sprinkles fall off? I know I do. So to keep my decorations in place after I’ve added them, I first make a simple syrup (which is just equal parts of water and sugar), and then using a small, clean paintbrush, I “paint” the syrup onto the cookies, then I quickly shake my sprinkles on. Along with adding an extra bit of sweetness to the cookies, the simple syrup will keep your decorations in place. Another option to use in place of the simple syrup is a shimmery decorating gel. I like the “Dessert Dazzler” Collection from “Cake Mate”, which I can find at my local grocery store.
My second tip will make your stars (or whatever shape you’re using) super sparkly. Simply coat your decorating shapes with “Wilton Color Dust”. It’s a very fine, edible, glitter dust that I love using to take my decorations to the next level. I put the desired amount of shapes in a really small bowl, add the “Color Dust”, and using a small, clean paintbrush, I push the shapes around in the dust to coat them. I then dump them into a small sifter to help remove the extra dust. After that, they’re ready to go to work!
Be ready for the Oohh’s and Aahh’s that are sure to follow!
1 tablespoon hot water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Combine and stir until sugar is dissolved.
6 oz (1 1/2 sticks) soft butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat the butter and vanilla using an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar and milk and beat until combined and frosting is smooth. Add food coloring, if desired.
Tip: For a really white frosting, use clear vanilla flavor in place of the vanilla extract.