sweet little bunny sugar cookies I spied in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that were used for a woodland themed baby shower. I loved the way the icing, or glaze rather, looked so simple and delicious, like they would melt in your mouth. Unfortunately, no recipe, just a bakery name was provided. I was determined to recreate my own version. Then my second source of inspiration came when I saw my girlfriend's daughter wearing a cute flower T-shirt and she told me how easy it had been to make on her own. Done. Inspiration runneth over. Now for how I went about it....
For the cookies. I used my current favorite cardamon sugar recipe and created a vanilla glaze. Since I wanted to share these cookies with my nephews, I needed to avoid raw egg because one has a food allergy to uncooked eggs. So, royal icing was out. I really liked the vanilla buttercream glaze I made on last year's bunny cookies but didn't like the idea of using butter in an icing that was being shipped. I made an icing a couple years back that had a touch of corn syrup (no idea what I did with that recipe) in it and I liked the finish it gave to the cookies, so I tinkered a bit with flavor and consistency till I had a keeper. It is so simple and doesn't even require a mixer! I let them sit out overnight, uncovered, to let the icing completely set up. It firms up well, not quite as hard a royal icing, but sill very stackable. This glaze made just enough to cover an entire batch of the above sugar cookie recipe.
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar (sift if it is lumpy)
2 TBS milk to start, add more as needed (I used 1% milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla (use clear if you plan to add food color or want a bright white, otherwise regular vanilla is fine. I like the way natural vanilla makes the icing look)
2 tsp light corn syrup
In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and 2 TBS milk with a spoon. Slowly add more milk, 1 tsp at a time, till you get a thick glaze consistency. You want it spreadable so that it covers the cookies easily, but not so runny that it is dripping off. If you feel you went too far, just add more powered sugar. Very forgiving recipe! When you get the consistency you like, use a whisk and add in the corn syrup and vanilla. Spread on cookies and let them set up for 45 minutes before eating. (This is when I piped on the tails! Same icing, just thicker and without vanilla so they would be very white!) I recommend leaving them out overnight to set up completely.
^^How cute do these look rolled up? I love that the bow is tied around the bunny's neck. The fabric gift tags are from Michael's, I stamped on the bunny (also from Michael's) in a charcoal colored ink. These would be so sweet in an Easter basket too!^^
After 18 months of age, it gets challenging to find cute boy themed T-shirts for holidays, without all sorts of crazy graphics and text. Charlie loved these, so I made a third for him. It will be cute with a long sleeve t shirt underneath and lots of fun to wear to his Easter party at school!
To make the T shirts:
Supplies needed: T shirts (mine were bought at Wal-Mart), fabric for applique, fusible web lining, applique shape (I found mine off a Google search and then resized it), fabric scissors, pen, iron, sewing machine.
Step 1: Cut out an applique shape.
Step 2: Trace shape onto fusible web sheet. One side has a peel-off paper, the other doesn't, trace the shape on the side that doesn't.
Step 3: Peel off the removable backing and stick the shape on to the wrong side of your applique fabric.
Step 4: Follow the directions on the packaging for how to iron on the applique.
Step 5: Stitch around the edges. I purposefully chose a simple stitch in the hopes the edges would fray a little, making the shirt feel a bit more boyish.
^^wrapping paper from Target, kraft boxes and ribbon from Everyday Occasions (my favorite source for ribbon, I love her generous roll sizes! It is nice to shop from someone who appreciates beautiful gift presentation as much as I do. :))^^
^^gift tags made by me, full tutorial here. I attached them with Glue Dots to the package.^^
I hope my little nephews in Chicago are as excited to open these Easter boxes as much as I am to send them in the mail. Who doesn't love a surprise package?!