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Andrea's Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough Ideas:
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Watch this helpful video for decorating basics on YouTube, or
Check out Wilton's Cookie Decorating Section of their website for ideas, tips, and techniques!
Cut-out Sugar Cookies:
Remove a handful of dough and place dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll evenly to 1/4" thickness. Use cookie cutters to form cookies. If dough sticks to cookie cutters, you can slightly grease cutters before use, or dip in Andrea's gluten free flour blend before use. Carefully transfer cut-out cookies to ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degress for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are light golden. Decorate as desired with frosting and sprinkles, or get really creative with Royal Icing.
Royal Icing Recipe:
2 large egg whites
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
assorted food colors
Using a mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. Icing can be transferred to separate bowls to add food coloring if desired. Icing should be used immediately or sealed tightly in airtight containers as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. If icing runs off edge of cookies while decorating, thicken the icing by adding a little more confectioners sugar. If icing is too thick, add a little water.
Alternative Sugar Cookie Icing:
This recipe still dries hard/glossy like Royal Icing, but does not require eggs.
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract
assorted food coloring
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
Scoop and Bake Sugar Cookies:
Scoop a tablespoon of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with hand or the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are light golden.