This past weekend I helped throw a shower for my friend Erica, who is due at the end of July with her first baby. I wanted to share the sugar cookies I made for the shower!
First off, I can now see why every time I inquire with local bakeries about custom sugar cookies, they send back a quote with a number that I always think is too high. I no longer think their prices are too high. haha! The time and effort that went in to making these sugar cookies, I'd charge an arm and a leg for them too ;) And let's be honest, the professionals cookies look much better than mine!
I purchased the onesie cookie cutter around Christmas and I think I got it from jane.com. Below is the recipe I used for the cookie dough. Once I got the dough done, I floured my counter top and used my rolling pin to roll it all out and cut out the shapes. I used this sugar cookie recipe (not the buttercream icing).
For the icing, I read through several royal icing recipes but couldn't decide on one. Then at the last minute I found this recipe that is more geared towards showing you an easy way to ice the cookies, with a glaze recipe listed as well. I decided to use that glaze recipe, and it turned out well for me. I have to make note that I found that this recipe didn't call for enough water or corn syrup for the amount of flour it says use. I ended up doing the 4 cups of flower and probably 4-5 tablespoons of water and 2- 2 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup. In all honesty, I truly eyeballed it and just kept adding and mixing until the consistency seemed right. I also added a few drops of blue food coloring.
I poured all of the icing in a large, shallow bowl and dipped each cookie in. I watched the video in the link above to get an idea of how to ice the cookies, but I didn't use the stick like she shows. I basically just put the cookie face down in the icing, then picked it back up and held it face down while the excess ran off, I then slowly turned it over and the icing evened itself out for the most part. I did use a teeny tiny silicon spatula to even out any part that needed it, and towards the end of my batch of cookies the icing wasn't doing the best job at covering the whole cookie. In that case, when I picked it up and flipped it over, I just stuck the small spatula in the icing and put more on the cookie. Super simple :)
In a perfect world, I would have had better icing than the little gel tubes from the grocery store to decorate the cookies, but they turned out pretty cute regardless. I put a small decorating tip on the end of the red and white tubes to get an even, narrower stream of icing.
I have to say, I think that both the cookie and the icing were delicious and almost all of them were eaten. So I'll take that as a good sign :) Shower guests also raved about how cute they were, and while they were by no means professionally done, I do hope that the mama-to-be liked them and it was very sweet of the guests to speak so highly of my first attempt at personalized sugar cookies.