I sure love my Stumble Button. I’ve mentioned it before. And one day, I came across a website full of beautiful sugar cookie creations. Sugarbelle has the most amazingly adorable cookies I have ever seen. I wanted one. I needed one! I wanted one to look at and hold and smell. They were really too pretty to be edible!
I immediately shared the website with Cheryl because she loves it when I share sugar with her. We decided that we could totally do that. How hard could it possibly be?
I started out excited and with high hopes that I could create something pretty. I don’t generally love sugar cookies, so I used the recipe for Sugarbaker’s Chocolate Mini-Chip cookies that I found on Sugarbelle’s website.
Rolling sugar cookies sucks ass. I destroyed an entire batch at Christmas. I think I use too much flour or something, because they end up super dry and crumbly and utterly unusable. With this batch of chocolate chips, I did the same thing. About 1/4 of the dough just wasted. It was a darn shame.
The ones I managed to cut out baked up nicely. Tasty!
Then came the decorating. I could not find meringue powder to make my royal icing (I kinda decided to try this on short notice). So I had to make it with egg whites. Hey, I’m not one of those that freak out of raw eggs. I let my kids lick the batter bowls all the time. I used this recipe for my icing. It was not as delicious as I had hoped, but I guess it’s pretty normal that royal icing is not as yummy as buttercream. The sacrifice you make for pretty.
I have to say that I think my icing came out pretty well. It was a good consistency and I didn’t have a hard time with it. My first round was a pretty blue. My trouble came when I decided instead of leaving it a pretty blue, that I would try and make the flooding icing green. I added green to my already pretty blue and ended up with this ugly sea foam barf color.
Flooding these cookies with icing was tedious but I made it through and after (what seemed like) many hours I finally finished my cookies.
When all is said and done, I’m not sure decorated cookies are up my alley. They sure are beautiful to look at, but man, it was a lot of work! I just don’t think I have the patience or creativity to make show stoppers like Sugarbelle. Maybe I’ll try again and decided.