I have always loved the way decorated sugar cookies look, but I am not a fan of hard cookies and frosting just for the sake of looking good. Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered the coolest blog: The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. It is a wonderland of beautifully decorated cookies for every occasion, as well as the creative use of standard cookie cutters. The best part: they taste as good as they look. They are so good, these have become my daughter-in-law’s favorite cookies, (and she makes the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted).
Still, I was hesitant to dive in until recently. For one thing, I decorate cakes and cupcakes. I lacked faith that these cookies would taste as good as they do. If you have the same hesitancy, get over it. You will be glad you did. You will need a certain amount of supplies: decorating tubes, cones, food colors, etc. But if you are already equipped, that is half the battle! An assortment of these will be your best friends:
As you will see once you visit her website, my cookies are nowhere near as perfect and pristine as hers are. But my grandchildren love them just the same. Take a tour of her recipes, techniques and tutorials. Even if you never bake one cookie, you will be fascinated.
For the Halloween cookies, I used the Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookie recipe. I also used her Royal Icing 101 recipe, using orange extract for flavoring. But her basic sugar cookie recipe is my favorite.
Et cetera: Daughter #2 and her family recently came for a visit from out of state. I wanted to give the grandkids a special grandma welcome. I thought and thought about what to do and came up with this: Sugarbelle’s cookies spelling out a welcome. They loved it and enjoyed getting to eat the “letters”. Of course, I had to set aside a few to give to my daughter-in-law.