For the past few years I've made sugar cookie favors to celebrate Justin C.'s birthday. Justin is a smart and sweet little boy who just happens to be the son of my very good friend Gracie. I normally make Justin sugar cookies cut in the shape of his age (e.g, "4", "5"),but this year I decided to make something just a little bit different. When Gracie told me Justin's 6th birthday party was going to be at a bowling alley I got really excited. Can it top last year's fantastic party at the indoor water park? I think it's definitely a contender! I can't bowl to save my life, and I even took it as a P.E. course in college!, but I do enjoy trying to be the queen of the pins.
I knew I had to make Justin's cookies with a bowling theme so what could be more fitting than a bowling pin and bowling ball? I got a hold of a bowling pin shaped cutter and a round cutter was perfect for the bowling ball. Used my basic vanilla sugar cookie recipe and iced them with royal icing. I don't think Justin will miss a "6" cookie this year, do you?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUSTIN!!!
Basic Vanilla Sugar Cookie
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and combine until egg is completely incorporated. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix until no trace of dry ingredients remain.
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thickness and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup meringue powder
gel food coloring
Mix powdered sugar and meringue powder in mixer until well combined. Slowly add water and mix until you get the consistency you want*. Add food coloring to achieve your desired color.
For outlining: consistency should be like glue paste
For flooding: add enough water so that the consistency is pretty runny
* Note: Royal Icing is extremely forgiving. If you find you've added too much water and the icing is too runny, just add more powdered sugar. Vice versa if your icing is too thick.