I made these decorated cookies for my daughters and nieces, and I have to say that from all the cookies I have decorated so far this year, these are my favorite. I guess it is because it has my favorite color and a similarity to jasperware, which I also favor very much. I will most definitely decorate more cookies like these to keep practicing and perfecting the lace technique I did on the edge. With Mother's Day just around the corner, I am sure these would make a great sweet tokens of love.
The recipes for making the dough for these cookies and the icing to decorate them are the following:
Sugar Cookie Dough - a cookie dough recipe that is easy to prepare and to work with.
Royal Icing - icing used to fill and make the edges. You will find more info on how to make this recipe and the consistency I use for the decorating cookies.
Adaptation: For these cookies I used 1 ½ cup powdered sugar and ¼ cup of granulated sugar, I find it yield a perfect textured cookie.
Notes: If you like to outline the cookies first and then fill [flood], work with only four to six cookies at a time. The number of cookies depends on how long you take to outline. If you work slowly outline only four at a time, if you work fast, then outline six cookies. Proceed to fill until the cookie is completely covered. The filling could be done with the tips #2, #3 or #4. The size of tip you use depends on the consistency of the icing. On this occasion because I had to work a ¼ inch from the edge I didn't have to be as careful, therefore, I used tip #4 to outline and flood the cookies all at once.
If you have a good control of getting the right consistency in royal icing, you can outline and flood with the same tip size. This is how I prefer to make my cookies to avoid outline from showing on the final product.
The tips I used to fill are the #4 for the blue and #00 for the white border. I think they came out pretty cute besides great tasting.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ~ Luke 6:45.