Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out CookiesI 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:

Decorating Tips 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.

Sugar Cookies

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.

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