The year 2020 will be a memorable for many years to come and will go down in history when the world came to a stand still. This year our Mum’s are all in lock down and working harder than ever before. Damn you COVID-19!!! The one day mothers all over the world get a chance for a few hours to be spoiled rotten, gifts, flowers a special breakfast and more importantly a meal out with the family – all suddenly snatched away while we sit in our cocoons for protection.
I hope all the lovely Dad’s and children are still trying to do something special for their year round super hero who never fails to be there for us when we need them most. I know my kids won’t even remember its Mother’s Day given schools are online and there are no mothers day stalls for them to buy things for me from after sneaking to Dad and asking him for $1. I for one, am not fussed and never have been. If my kids listen to me without me having to bite anyone’s head off I think THAT IS Mother’s Day at its best 😛 But I have fun for the sake of kids because they feel they are doing something special. I have to say though, I absolutely love the cards that I get. My girls are now 7 and 8 so still in the fairly cute stage where they will leave sweet notes for me and appreciate me. The other day my daughter said ‘Thank You for changing my bed sheets’ to me, just in passing without me having to say anything and THAT was Mother’s day right there!!! Aaahhhh…the little things in life that get us happy.
In lock down I’ve been lucky to be enjoying time with the family and doing what I love doing, cooking and baking. Everyday has been a new dish on he table and sometimes both meals are different. Those days are a real treat. While I’m perfecting my Ganache frosting on cakes (you’ll see those soon hopefully), I’ve been doing a lot of cookie decorating and planning as well. Finally I’ve got around to making my Mother’s Day special cookies. Just simple, nothing fancy. Why no fancy stuff for the mum’s? Well, I’ve got the option of families buying these cookies plain and decorating it themselves, so wanted to keep it simple for beginners 🙂
These store really well. This is my favourite sugar cookie recipe and I swear by it, I can promise you I’ have made over 2,000 of these and these have never failed. In fact. I’m going to try and be brave enough and look at making a letter cookie cake in a few months as well. Look at me, getting all adventerous with my trials!
So here’s my go to sugar cookie recipe
Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 227g butter
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Cream butter in a mixer with paddle attachment until smooth
- Add sugar and egg and mix until fluffy
- Add flour 1 cup at a time until it comes together and then give it a whizz with the paddle attachment. All the dough should start to come together with nothing sticking to the mixing bowl
- Once its formed into a dough wrap tightly in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30mins
- Once ready, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. I’ve invested in Joseph and Jospeh’s rolling pin which is now my life saver for evenly rolled out dough
- Use desired cookie cutter, cut into shapes, line up on a tray and pop back in fridge to rest
- While the cookies are resting heat oven to 180C and bake for 7-8mins until the edge are very lightly golden brown, or just about to turn golden brown
- Cool the cookies on a rack and prepare frosting
Royal Icing Recipe
- 2 1/2 TBSP Meringue powder
- 1/2 tbsp corn syrup
- 1/2 C water
- 500g icing sugar
- vanilla (optional)
- Use a paddle attachment and whisk together the meringue powder, water and corn syrup just until it becomes frothy but still has enough liquid
- Add icing sugar and set to medium speed and whisk for 4-6mins. The frosting will start to form a gloss and thicken.
- When the frosting is of 15 or 20s consistency (frosting should disappear when in 15-20s after dropping from paddle attachment), it is ready.
- Use the colour of your choice to create frosting and fill piping bags and frost.
- The above recipe should frost about 50 cookies at least, it makes a lot
I’m going to try and set up a frosting sugar cookie tutorial soon, I’ll just need my husband to hold the phone up for me or figure out that tripod I have for my camera I bought for this blog which has been sitting in a drawer for ages!
To make the flowers on the M’s I just took a little bit of white frosting and added some more icing sugar to thicken it. Took a Wilton Tip # 16 and just swirled around in 90 degree angle to cookie. It adds a lovely element to the finish of the cookie.