It’s no secret with my family – I love making sugar cookies. I have a giant collection of cookie cutters that I have collected over the years. We have used them for cookie making, play-dough cutting, ceramic templating, and crayon outlining. The kids and I have used them for all kinds of crafts over the years.
With such a big collection, I was surprised when I went to make cookies for a Super Bowl Party that I didn’t have a jersey or helmet cookie cutter. I did have a football, but I wanted to create an assortment of cookies to bring to the party. I was happy to find the Wilton collection of four cutters – the day was saved!
It’s also no secret with my family that for many years I would just buy a tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough and roll that out, cut out my many fun shapes, and then decorate. For me, the fun was in the decorating!
I used to use little tiny paint brushes to “paint my cookies”. Then I would sprinkle all kinds of colored sugars on them. I was thrilled when I found a tiny store called Cake Works in a strip mall in San Jose. They sold so many baking supplies! This was years before Michael’s and the many craft stores that now sell so many fun and fabulous supplies.
Then Martha Stewart began featuring sugar cookies in her magazine, and I learned how to outline and float my icing! Good-bye paint brush and hello icing bags and tips. Or in the early days – a corner clipped Ziploc baggie!
Eventually as the kids got older, I began to actually bake my sugar cookies from scratch. There are many good recipes out there and they are not hard to put together. For me the hard part is in the planning! Sugar cookie dough needs to be chilled before you roll it out and cut it. That takes time, that in my busy day is not always available. And honestly, no one ever complained about my sugar cookies from a tube as they gobbled them up.
When I do bake sugar cookies from scratch these days I use recipe that I found on Annies-Eats.com a few years back. Her sugar cookie feels like a grown up version because she has added almond flavoring to the dough. And yes, the kids still love them!
Ella’s White Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 t. almond extract
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 t. salt
- 2 1/2 c. sifted flour
- Cream butter and powdered sugar.
- Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour.
- Chill dough until firm.
- Roll to 1/4” thickness on well-floured surface.
- Cut with cookie cutters and place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown.
- Frost and decorate when cool.
- 1 box confectioners’ sugar (1 pound)
- 5 tablespoons meringue powder
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.
- Using an icing bag and simple tip (small – size number one or two) pipe an outline on each cookie. This is used to hold in the frosting when you flood it. Before I found out about this technique, I used the small paint brushes to keep the frosting from spreading off the cookie. This outlining method makes it so much easier!
- Once the outline has set up – add a little water to the frosting to thin it out a bit. Using the same tip (easy) or adding a larger tip (messy) start to fill in the outlined space. Since the icing is a bit thinner in consistency – it will “flood” over the cookie. Use the back of a small spoon to help the icing flood to the edges if necessary. Let icing set.
- Add details using some of the thicker icing if needed.
- Viola! Enjoy your beautiful cookies!
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I love fully decorated, decked-out sugar cookies like this. The football jerseys are my favorite out of the bunch.
Ong thise cake out so good!!! Perfect for the super bowl!!! I so wanna make some!
These are so cute! You did such a great job of decorating them! I know that took a long time!
These are adorable! I’m not sure I could pull off the decorating though! Maybe, possibly, but I’m just not that confident in my cookie decorating skills 🙂
The cookies are adorable! Perfect for game nights.
You sure do make some beautiful looking cookies! I can’t believe what a great froster you are. I think I would be eating them all before the frosting is ready haha.
Thanks, Jen! Not nibbling is a problem for me.
They look so cute and adorable! I am sure they also have an awesome taste
Thanks! They recipe is yummy as well.
wow you did a really good job on these. I still need some practive myself on the icing and getting it perfect but you, you did great!
Thanks! It takes practice – but it comes pretty quickly. I have fun making them and the kids love them!
Awww man I wish I had these for today! My team lost though 🙁 Maybe i’ll make these for the super bowl.
So sorry your team lost! The cookies will make it all OK 🙂
These are so cute! I love cooking and baking, but I am TERRIBLE at decorating sugar cookies! These are adorable though 🙂
Thanks, Donna! It takes a bit of practice – but it comes pretty quickly. And honestly, no one every complains 🙂 They just want to eat the cookies.
I wish I had the patience to decorate so many cute cookies! They turned out so cute! And I still do the ziploc baggie despite having bought real bags– I can never find them when I need them!
I get that! I use whatever is easiest to grab! It does take practice – but the piping and floating comes pretty quickly.
This would be perfect cookies for a super ball party. Painting cookies sounds like fun!
Oh my kids and I have had fun for years “painting” cookies! Last month we “painted” the Christmas cookies 🙂
What a lovely treat for the family and perfect for game time. What gaming events are coming up next month do you know?
Thanks! We are two weeks from the SuperBowl here in the US. The playoffs were today so now we know that it will be a battle between the Broncos and the Panthers.
I love cookie cutters!! We used to have SO many of them and I wish we had kept them all! I know these must be the biggest hit
I think I have an obsession with cookie cutters! Lol – I have so many that I have collected over the years.
Cute family treats while watching football. Those little tiny football are just so adorable! And tt sound easy to prepare.
Thanks! they were fun to make.