But i was recipe surfing then i stumbled upon this site where this lady sells what she calls 'novelty cookies' which is to me sugar cookies but they were really pretty and cute and very crafty too (i love crafty stuff) then it got me excited as i thought that i might be able to do it too...maybe better and i thought WRONG :( i have totally forgotten why i didn't bake sugar cookies in the first place.
The royal icing really frustrates me BIG time! its too runny and i've been adding more and more sugar until i had actually i thought "this can't be right" then i search the net for answers (and this was like 12am) then i found out that what i did was right so i proceed but still i can't make any "clean" designs (if you look closely in the pictures you'll see smudges and leaks argh~) non the less it turned out cute enough. I've made a funny man design, elmo and candy designs...i finished decorating at about 2:26am. yeah my eyes are barely open, but its the only time that i can make such decorative cookies or cakes for that matter other wise i'll be interrupted every time by my children and ended up not finishing what i'm doing. Anyway it was all worth it when my son woke up this morning and saw the beautifully *ahem; clears throat* decorated lollipop like cookies. He smiles and asked me "did you made this for me? wow these are great"(translation: mommy buat ni untuk daniel ke? wow cantiknya) he took all the cookies to school to share it with his new friends...
anyway...the cookies are great but its not as hard??crispy perhaps...how do i put this...erm its slightly soft i suppose its because of the less sugar...perhaps i should try and add more sugar next time and see how's the texture like...
Here's the recipe:
11/2tsp baking powder
1/2c sugar (maybe you should try 1c or more, i only use 1/2c coz i thought that the cookies will be too sweet for my liking especially when its decorated with icings)
1tsp orange zest
1tsp vanilla essence
- cream butter and sugar then add in the egg mix well.
- mean while in a differect bowl mix in flour, salt, baking powder and sift it.
- then add in the zest and essence in the butter mixture.
- then addin flour mixture into the butter mixture.
- mix well then chill the dough fro 1 hour before rolling.
3 3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
3 tbsp meringue powder or 3 egg whites
6 T warm water - to be added for flow icing
mix all well by hand adjust consistancy by adding the sugar for desired thickness or adding warm water for the desired thiness. then just add in your flavorings and colorings as desired.