Thursday, January 23, 2014

Recipe | Decorating Cut-Out Cookies with Sanding Sugar | Bakery Style

There is more than one way to use sanding sugar to decorate cookies, I know, but I find this one to be the simplest (please refer to Charlie's video tutorial below...) that happens to result in cookies that look like they were bought in a bakery.

This is the only way of sugar cookie decorating with my children that results in all edible cookies.  While they have loads of fun using icing, their cookies/works of art tend to get pitched after a few days because the icing globs don't look all that appetizing once they dry.

Decorating cookies is very much like completing an art or craft project.  Especially with this technique - paint (meringue wash), glitter (sanding sugar)!  It is perfect for short attention spans that seek quick gratification too. Charlie did a whole batch and was still eager to do more. And just like crafting, there is a considerable mess in the end.  I kept hearing the crunch of sanding sugar under my slippers while I made dinner last night.

I did use a new sugar cookie recipe (felt like I was cheating on my own blog) that I discovered this fall.  I plan to blog + discuss the recipe soon, but till then my other go-to sugar cookie recipe works perfectly.


To Make the Meringue Wash:
Whisk together 2 TBS water + 2 tsp meringue powder


Brush a thin layer of the wash over the entire top of the cookie and then cover completely with sanding sugar.  Shake off the excess after they dry (about 5 min.)  Let Charlie demonstrate for you...

                           

13 comments :

  1. Ahh - the patience of a good mother! Charlie is a lucky little boy. Very very sweet indeed.

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  2. I am going to try this with my 3-year old - this looks doable even with my rudimentary baking/decorating skills. You had asked while back what your readers would like to see on your blog - for me this is perfect: a reminder to do something (easy) for Valentine's and a glimpse of your life well lived. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. This video is hysterical! Such a cute little helper you have by your side! You've inspired me to add home videos and sugar cookie baking to my bucket list for this winter. ;)

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  4. These look wonderful! I'm going to make them for my students! Where did you find such cute heart cutters?

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  5. These look wonderful! I am going to make them for my third grade students! Where did you find such cute heart cutters?

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    1. I've had them for so long I don't remember... Williams Sonoma is my favorite place to buy cookie cutters, I'd check there first. Sur la Table also has lots of cute ones!!

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    2. Thank you so much! I found some at Williams Sonoma. :)

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    3. Thank you so much! I found some at Williams Sonoma!

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  6. Where do you purchase sanding sugar?

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    1. Luckily, they sell it many places. Hobby Lobby always has a big selection, or any craft stores that sells baking supplies. Williams- Sonoma or Sur la Table has great options too. A favorite online source is Simply Baking Supplies on etsy. In the picture above the fine white and red is traditional sanding sugar, I also have a cookie that has a larger coarse sugar on it too. The India Tree brand is one of my favorites for all types of decorating sugars.

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  7. Oh my gosh, what a cute little helper...apparently Charlie likes to go the extra mile with the meringue wash and sugar. I love this video!

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  8. I love how you mix your real life into blog posts. Sugar cookies are my weakness - I can't get enough of them!

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  9. This is so cute Tessa! I'm such a neat freak that I HATE to do cookies with my kiddo. I know...bad mom! But this...this I could do. She'll love it and I have a bunch of sanding sugar I bought a while ago that I haven't used yet. Thanks for this idea.

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