I love making my signature sugar cookies as favors to guests for the baby shower. Also, I wanted to join Jen and share these recipes with everyone. Given the Fire Engine theme of the baby shower, I decided to make fire hydrants and dalmatians. So I baked the cookies and then time for the fun.
First decorated the fire hydrants yellow.
Then add a little outline to them.
Next, decorated the dalmatians white. Then very carefully, dropped black royal flooding icing onto the white royal flooding icing to create the dalmatian spots.
A Closer Look:
After drying for several hours, I carefully placed the cookies in the decorative bags and used the leftover tissue paper as decorative accents to the cookie bags.
I tied the bags with coordinating ribbon.
The cookies are an easy and inexpensive way to make the party special. They add a festive touch and the recipient always feels special. I hope you try these cookies.
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening or butter*
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Early in the day or the day before:
In a large bowl cream the shortening and the sugar. Add the eggs, extract, and milk. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Mix with mixer until well combined. With hands, shape dough into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll** half or 1/3 dough at a time, keep the rest refrigerated. For crisp cookies, roll dough, paper thin. For softer cookies, roll 1/8 " to 1/4" thick.
Royal Icing for outlining:
6 T. meringue powder
12 T. warm water
2 lbs confectioner’s sugar.
This icing is used to outline the cookies and decorate the cookies after they have been flooded. Beat the ingredients until icing forms peaks about 7 to 10 minutes in a heavy duty mixer or 10 to 12 minutes at a hand-held mixer.
Royal flooding Icing:
6 T. meringue powder
24 T. warm water
2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar.