June 30, 2019

sugar cookie with royal icing recipe

Hello there, I know it's been forever since I posted anything. LiFe..ya know! Summer, my favorite season, is here! I love the long daylight hours, the warm temperatures (okay hot..), pool time, ice cream, fourth of July festivities/fireworks, and my birthday! I've been in a baking mood here the past month or so and since I have never made 4th of July sugar cookies I decided to give it a go! Over the last five years or so I've been enjoying making sugar cookies and decorating them with royal icing. I finally feel like I've found and tweaked a sugar cookie recipe to get it just the way I like it. Not in any way am I a professional, but my icing technique has definitely come a long way over the years. This recipe is great because the cookies hold their shape really well when baking and taste delicious (coming from me, a person who really could care less about sugar cookies! ha, I'm a chocolate chip girl). I have had several people ask me for the cookie and icing recipes that I use so I thought I'd share them here! Enjoy!

Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups of softened butter (salted or unsalted, I use whatever I have on hand)
1 1/2 cups of granulated white sugar
2 tsp good vanilla extract
1 tsp butter extract
4 large egg yolks
4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Directions: Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and butter extracts and egg yolks and mix until just incorporated - do not overmix. Slowly add flour and mix until soft dough forms - again, do not overmix. Separate dough into 2 equal portioned sized balls and place each ball in between 2 large sheets of wax paper. Using rolling pin, while dough is between wax paper sheets, roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Leaving between wax paper sheets, transfer both rolled out portions of cookie dough to the refrigerator using a flat cookie sheet or large cutting board and leave in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to chill. Once the dough is hard, remove from fridge and cut out cookie shapes with your cookie cutters and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. (I have had success tracing my cookie shapes and cutting with a knife as well) After cookies are cut out, place baking sheet back in the fridge and chill about 10 more minutes. Form dough scraps back into a ball, roll out, refrigerate, and repeat the process until all dough is used. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for 10-13 minutes. Let cookies sit on the sheet until semi-cool, then transfer to counter or cooling rack. For soft, chewy cookies do not let the edges brown in the oven. Best to take them out before they get to that point, they will continue to cook for a bit sitting on the hot cookie sheet.

Royal Icing Recipe
*this is just the recipe from the back of the Wilton Meringue Powder container*
*I usually double this recipe because I like to have lots of icing to work with*
3 TBSP Wilton Meringue Powder
4 cups of sifted (I don't actually sift,I just spoon into my measuring cup) confectioners' sugar (Powdered Sugar)
5 TBSP warm water
Directions: In a large bowl, beat all ingredients at medium speed of stand mixer until icing forms peaks and loses its sheen 7-10 minutes. (will take longer if you're using a handheld mixer).
My method after mixing: After mixing I separate into small glass or metal (do not use plastic, any tiny bit of grease will ruin your royal icing) bowls in the number of icing colors I'm going to make. Cover bowls you're not working on at the moment with a damp paper towel to prevent icing from drying out. For piping consistency, slowly add water (about 1/4 tsp at a time) until the consistency is about that of toothpaste. Then add your coloring. I use Americolor Soft Gel Paste. For flood consistency add water until when you dribble some icing off of a spoon into the bowl the icing lines disappear in 6-8 seconds. If I am making piping and flood icing in the same color I start with the pipe consistency, separate some off into a decorating bag, then continue to water down until I reach the flood consistency.

January 26, 2019

New Listings in my Etsy Shop

Just popping in to share a few items that were recently listed in my Etsy shop. Follow along on instagram @crazyaboutcoral :)
handmade girls dresses Etsy

black floral dress | coral and white dress | baby chick dress | watermelon dress 
Happy Weekend!

July 2, 2018

a new big girl bed for Jensen

Well after being crammed in her crib-converted-to-day-bed for the past couple years we finally upgraded Jensen's bed to a twin sized loft bed..it's about time..she turns FIVE six months from now. She is so thrilled with her new place space underneath, the cool canopy top, and her updated crafting space! What can I say..she gets her crafty from her mama. :) I thought I would share what her room looks like now - most of the decor is still the same as her nursery when we lived in TX - I just rearranged when we moved to Little Rock a couple years ago and have been slowly adding to it over the years.
I had planned on switching out the pink canopy for a white one that I made because originally I felt the pink was way too much.. then I put the the white canopy on and her bed looked like she was in a covered wagon on the Oregon trail - so I switched it back! haha. I made tassel edged curtains for underneath the loft bed and Jensen loves to sit under there and play with them pulled shut. It's amazing how much more time she spends playing in her room now! I customized the bed a bit more by putting up cute printed scrapbook paper on the bed panels- my inexpensive hack for wallpaper that only cost $7. There are tons of cute options for bed decals on Etsy if your budget allows for that and you don't want to go the DIY route. Her toy box is at one end of the play area and the shelf with cubbies between the wall and the bed allows for some added storage (aka Hide The Mess! am I right?!). My mom made Jensen the beautiful triangle pattern quilt and I love it hanging at the end of the bed so that it can really be seen. TC's parents found the small table and chairs from a flea market a couple years ago and this past weekend I FINALLY got around the re-painting them this cute teal color called 'Ocean Mist'. They were previously a dark, brownish red so this was a much needed update! On the wall above her craft table is a little area for displaying her art work that I made from strips of wood and mini, colored clothespins. Cute, functional, and beats the taping-directly-to-the-walls method I was previously using... The little scalloped shelves were a thrift find and make the perfect home for her little goat stuffed animals that I think are ridiculously adorable.

This is such a happy room and it fills me with joy that I was able to create it for Jensen. We love playing, reading, and learning in here!

Kura bed  | Checkerboard rug | Ballerina Doll | Batman Nightlight | Chalkboard/dry erase easel

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