A friend ordered Yo Gabba Gabba! themed cookies for his 2-year old's birthday party. Have you seen this kids show on Nick Jr.? I haven't, but from what I've heard it's like Sesame Street on crack. Since I wasn't familiar with the show I had to rely on images I found online for inspiration.
These cookies were fun to make and I applied a few new decorating techniques. Fondant was used for a majority of the decorations, especially the eyes. Why? Because white royal icing sometimes has a tendency to absorb the base coat color which wouldn't look so nice in the finished cookie.
Happy Birthday Ava! Hope you like your cookies!!
Wanted to share a picture from the party..isn't this the cutest display?
Basic Vanilla Sugar Cookie
1 cup unsalted 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 bowl of stand 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.