Sugar Cookies

My new addition to the family has finally arrived (2 months ago)- another baby girl ūüôā Finally I feel a bit settled and thought it was about time I sent out goody bags and announcements to my¬†colleagues. It all seemed doable when I thought Sugar Cookies would be the easiest and I would have them in the shape of an A for Amani (her name), a heart and a star – until I made a count of how many cookies I would actually need to make – over 100.¬†

A new baby, baking to do and getting it out on time, I though why not, let me take this challenge on. I have to say I organised myself very well, I made the dough a day in advance and started baking after the girls went to bed. It took about an hour to bake a 100 cookies and it was easy peasy! 
These cookies are by far the easiest I have ever made, my 20 month old daughter absolutely loves them РI rolled them out slightly thick so they would come out soft (not a fan of the crisp ones) 
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup butter (melt it in the microwave, it makes it easier)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
Royal Icing:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tbsp meringue powder
1/4 cup + a few tbsp water 
Desired colour gel paste 
    1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
    2. Mix butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until combined
    3. Slowly add the dry ingredients ( I mix it in batches of 3)
    4. Wrap in cling film and allow to come together and set
    5. If baking immediately let it chill in the freezer for 15 mins or fridge for 30 mins. If baking later you may leave it in the fridge till the next day
    6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 180 C
    7. Let dough sit out for a minute before you start to roll it 1/4 ” thick
    8. Cut out in the desired shapes and bake for 7 mins
    9. While the cookies cool you can prepare the royal icing by mixing all the ingredients together
    10. Once the cookies have cooled decorate with royal icing 


Mix all the dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients into the wet 1/3 at a time
Dough maybe slightly sticky, do not add anymore flour it will come together as it sets in the fridge
Cut out in desired shapes , bake and frost


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