Post sponsored by Volkswagen.
I have fallen in love with the art of decorating sugar cookies!
It is remarkably easy to mix ready made Royal icing powder with water and a little bit of food colouring to decorate the tops of your favourite sugar cookie recipe, and, I have learned recently, the sky is the limit when it comes to technique and what can be done with sugar and water.
Now I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to decorating cookies, in fact, I am very much a beginner, but I just had to share with you how easy (and fun!) it is!
When it comes to decorating sugar cookies with Royal icing, you want to start with a cookie base that isn’t too terribly sweet as you’re going to be piling loads of sugar on the top. This sugar cookie base is the perfect base to transport the frosting – it’s sweet, sturdy, and it bakes wonderfully without spreading; a problem found with a lot of sugar cookies.
I’ve added seeds of vanilla pods to the dough to give a lovely flavour and little flecks of seed.
Don’t throw the vanilla pods out, though! When you’ve finished scraping the seeds into the mixture, pop the empty pods into a jar and cover with caster sugar. Stick the jar on a shelf for a few weeks/months and then you’ll have a gorgeously aromatic scented vanilla sugar to work with.
Another clever trick is to freeze the dough before cutting and cooking the cookies. This keeps the dough from spreading, making for the perfect base that can be stored for months if needed.
The fun bit of making sugar cookies is the decorating bit. Invest in some good quality gel colourings as these create some beautifully rich colours. You could go through the effort of making your own Royal icing from scratch – by mixing egg whites with icing powder, but you can just as well buy ready made Royal icing powder which just needs to be mixed with water.
For my Volkswagen set I used six different pastel colours similar to the traditional Volkswagen colour charts I found online. I printed off a Volkswagen logo I’d found online and cut out the middle sections with a Stanley knife so that only the white VW and circle were left. I used this as a template and drew onto the top of the cooled cookie top with a black edible ink pen.
I do confess that the piping took ages. I spent a good four hours decorating a dozen cookies, but it was a very relaxing and therapeutic four hours.
I started with piping the white logo itself, tracing the black edible ink outline. After this dried, I filled the middles with my chosen colours, as well as piping around the outer edge of the logo.
To make the logo pop out I piped over the white logo again, and I feel this worked rather well. Excuse the lumps and bumps – like I said, I really am a beginner when it comes to sugar craft!
Still, I’m really rather pleased with how well they turned out. I reckon these would make great edible gifts for any Volkswagen enthusiast. This lot – my children are going to devour them!
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