I LOVE LOVE LOVE making sugar cookies. Baking and crafting are ways that I relieve stress and anxiety. True, the cookies can cause some stress and anxiety from time to time (both for me and for my husband!) ha, but I’m usually in a pretty good mood when I’m making sugar cookies. They just make me so damn happy!
I had a lot of fun planning them out and working with Nicole Hill Gerulat, an amazing photographer who not only took these gorgeous photos but also helped me decide on the styling of these pictures!
There were SO many things we could have spelled out! It was hard to decide, but I opted to stick with universal messages I think everyone needs to hear. Yes, like:
And I really, really, do believe in this one:
And I hope YOU believe this one:
And you know I feel so strongly about this phrase that I have a whole series dedicated to it! Haha.
Whenever I post pictures of the sugar cookies I get asked lots of questions from my online friends! Usually it’s something vague like, “How do you do that!?” Haha! Let me assure you, if there were some sort simple shortcut to making fantastic sugar cookies, I’d share it!
I also get asked, “What’s your recipe?” A lot. And really I haven’t shared it yet because if I just gave you the recipe, you’d probably be frustrated and annoyed. Also I just recently PERFECTED it! And I don’t like to share things until they are perfect, and I can help YOU recreate them perfectly. Lots of stressful, high standards going on over here. Haha!
In my opinion sugar cookies and royal icing are an art form. So yes there are recipes and rules to follow, but so much of it is learning the art of using those recipes, and then interpreting them to create your own style!
That’s why I’m in the middle of developing an awesome online course for you guys.
To share the recipes I’ve perfected for myself, as well as my style of decorating sugar cookies with royal icing. I do them a bit differently than most of the big sugar cookie pros out there and I want to share it with the world. Haha. I keep going back and forth on details, so I don’t have any more at the moment, but if you know me you know I never do anything halfway.
But if you just can’t wait!! I shared this royal icing recipe a few years ago, but I’ve modified it some since then, though it’s still a great, easy recipe to start with. Also it uses egg whites, and holy crap if I have to hear one more person freak out about it, I will too! Haha. It’s safe! I have researched this SO SO SO much, and you can read the comments on the YouTube feed if you want to hear me go all cray-cray about it! Haha BUT I do have a recipe that I use with meringue powder, so fear not if you can’t get over it! Also spend some time at Bake at 350. She’s a genius! And has a good non-egg-white version of royal icing.
And if you want to see some of my other sugar cookies you can here too, but I make so many that I don’t post about! So I’m trying to be better about it.
So in the meantime, before I can share all my methods, I hope you enjoyed these letter cookies I made! I used this set of Alphabet cookie cutters and I plan on using them lots more.
I hope you’re week is a great one!