Sugar Cookie Cake Toppers

How to decorate Sugar Cookies with royal icingLooking to add some spark to your Summer shin-dig? These edible cupcake toppers, made from sugar cookies, can go from cute to sophisticated depending on the party. If you are a geek for dessert decorating and you’ve found yourself debating whether to make cookies or cake, here’s a way to show off your skills with a little of both, but the secret is that these can be made with little decorating skills at all. Shhhhh. The kiddos will go crazy for these tiny cookies on a stick. What is that about kids and their love of food on a stick?
How to decorate Sugar Cookies with royal icing
Gather your supplies…

• A batch of your favorite cupcakes or brownies. You can even buy them (sneaky)
• Sugar cookie dough. Martha Stewart Ideal Sugar Cookies recipe is my favorite.
• Toothpicks (or party forks to support larger cookies) No need to soak them!
• Parchment Paper
• Cookie Cutters and basic baking tools
• A Batch of Royal Icing or Store-bought Wilton Cookie Icing and sprinkles
• Decorating tips and bags (optional)

Here are refresher courses on Cookie Decorating Supplies, How to make royal icing recipe, and How to Decorate Sugar Cookies if you want to do it all from scratch.

Steps:

1. Roll room temperature cookie dough out to 1/4-1/2″ between 2 sheets of parchment paper

How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal icing

2. Place in freezer for 10 minutes

How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal icing
3. Peel parchment paper from both sides and cut shapes with cutter

How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal icing

How to decorate Sugar cookies with royal icing.4. Immediately insert toothpicks into bottom of each cookie shape. It’s important to work while the dough is cold.How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal icing5. Place all cut cookies on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and chill again. Chilled cookies maintain their shape when baking. How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal icing
6. Bake as directed until just before edges brown. Don’t you hate directions like that?

How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing
7. Let cookies cool on sheet at least 10 minutes and move to cooling rack

Now for decorating:

Prepare royal icing in pastry bags or, for ease, use Wilton Cookie Icing (available at most craft stores)

Draw an outline on the top inside of the edge to avoid run-off.

How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing
Fill in the shape. Use a toothpick to fill holes and pop air-bubbles

How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icingHow to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing
While icing is wet, dip in festive holiday sprinkles or add an accent.

How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icingHow to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing
Let dry in open air for at least 6 hours or overnight. Store covered.

Stick picks in cupcakes or brownies day of party

How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing How to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing

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