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Patriotic Sugar Cookie DIY by Sweet Sugarbelle

Fourth of July is often celebrated in the company of family and friends alongside great food and sweet treats. Why not make the holiday even more memorable with beautifully decorated sugar cookies? Today Sweet Sugarbelle is here to show you a sugar cookie DIY!

Sugar cookie DIY by Sweet Sugarbelle

Sugar cookies take a little time to make, but with Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Kit, it has never been easier.

Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Set

To make these delicious delights you will need:

Now, let’s get started!

STEP 1

Following the directions and recipe included in the Shape Shifter Kit, bake enough heart shaped cookies to feed your crowd. Feel free to use your own cut-out cookie recipe if you have one!

Sweet Sugarbelle Sugar Cookie Recipe

Maker Tip: Use rolling pin rings, or 1/4 square dowel rods on either side of the dough to create perfectly even cookies.

STEP 2

Use the Wilton Color Right System to color and prepare royal icing for decorating. Red and the winter formula for blue that’s included in the kit are perfect for this project.

Keep in mind, you may have to reduce the ratio of color depending on the amount of royal icing required. Start small and work your way up if the color isn’t quite dark enough, and remember to account for development. Colored icing tends to darken with time, and as it dries.

Once the icing is colored, thin it to the consistencies indicated above, and put the flood icing into bottles and piping bottle into bags with couplers and tips

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STEP 3

When the icing is ready, it’s time to decorate! Since there are two designs, evenly divide the heart cookies. Half will become white cookies with red stripes, the other half blue with stars. We will start with the white.

Begin by using a #2 tip to outline the cookies.

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STEP 4

Give the outline a few minutes to set up, then use white flood icing to fill the cookie. If necessary, use an offset spatula or the Sweet Sugarbelle food pick to move the icing around. Once the cookies are flooded, set them aside to dry. This might take up to eight hours, depending on the climate where you live. Royal icing tends to dry more quickly in arid climates. You must wait until the white layer is completely dry to add the red details, otherwise the colors may bleed.

Maker Tip: Using an oscillating fan to dry the cookies will create a shiny finish, and help to reduce color bleed.

STEP 5

When the first layer of icing is dry, use red flood icing to create stripes using a “drizzle” technique. The look of the stripes will depend on how fast you move, and the consistency of the icing. After adding stripes, wait until the cookies are completely dry. It shouldn’t take as long since the details are on top of a previously dried layer of icing.

Maker Tip: Sometimes royal icing separates over time, causing unwanted icing accidents. The Sweet Sugarbelle Bottle Spatula is the perfect tool for stirring the icing after bottling.

STEP 6

Creating the blue sprinkle cookies pretty much follows the same steps as above. Begin by outlining the cookies with a #2 tip.

STEP 7

Fill the blue outline with flood icing. Again, use an off-set spatula or food pick to smooth out the icing if necessary.

STEP 8

Give the blue icing a minute or two to set and then drop on a few white star sprinkles and add a light sprinkling of nonpareils and then let the cookies dry.

Sweet Sugarbelle sugar cookie DIY, Wilton sprinkles

Since cookies decorated with royal icing need time to dry, it’s best to make them a few days ahead of time. When the cookies are dry, they can be stored in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper until you are ready to serve.

Your friends and family will be so excited to eat beautiful decorated, delicious sugar cookies at your next Fourth of July barbecue, and you will be proud to say that you made them yourself.

Now that you have entered the world of cookie decorating, what do you want to MAKE next? With the Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Kit the possibilities are endless! We want to see your DIY decorated cookie projects on Instagram, use hashtags #MakeItWithMichaels and #sweetsugarbelle so we can take a look! Happy baking!

Valentine Heart Sugar Cookies

7 Last Minute Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

I adore Valentine’s Day! Red and pink hearts, chocolate temptations and Valentine’s Day cards make me smile. It’s also the perfect time to show a sweetheart, family and friends how much you love them. And what better way to show your love than with a delicious treat you make yourself? Whether you are a novice or have some baking experience, here are seven sweet Valentine’s Day confections to inspire you.

1. Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

Bake a Special Valentine's Day Ombre Cake Stylish and sophisticated, this cake is as fancy as anything you’ll find at a bakery. Cut into the cake to reveal the real drama – multicolor tiers and a tiny heart design baked inside the bottom layer.

 2. Valentine’s Day Candy-Dipped Pretzels

Hand Dip Pretzels in Melted Chocolate No baking required! If you are in a pinch timewise, this sweet and salty treat is for you.

3. The Wilton Method Sugar Cookies (Video)

Watch how easy it is to make these oh-so-charming heart cookies! This free online class takes you through all the steps, including making the dough, cutting out shapes and using a pastry bag to create these colorful icing designs. To see how to decorate the three Valentine’s Day cookies above, skip to minute 39:30 of the 43-minute video.

4. Chocolate Lover’s Deep Dish Cookie

Bake This Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Elevate a humble chocolate chip cookie into a decadent dessert by topping it with buttercream icing, chocolate chunks and hot fudge sauce. Yum!

5. Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Decorate Heart-Shaped Cookies Love, hugs and kisses – say it with cookie cutters shaped like a heart, an “X” or an “O”. Use a pastry bag to create designs using icing or to spell out “Love” or “Amour.”

6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies valentine_whoopie_pie

Super cute and easy to make – nothing says I love you like a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie!

7. Tattoo Your Love Mini Cupcakes

Easy to Make Valentine Cupcake With Edible Decorations How cute is this? Imagine serving your sweetie this tiny cupcake decorated with sprinkles and an edible tattoo heart decoration. What is your favorite “go-to” dessert for Valentine’s Day?

How to Flood Your Snowflake Cookie Using Color Flow Icing

You may have seen beautifully iced Christmas cookies and asked yourself, “How do I do that?” Learn how to “flood” Christmas cookies like a pro and create stunning cookies for your next holiday party.

How To Flood A Cookie

Fill a decorating bag with thinned Color Flow by Wilton and use tip 3 to pipe along the perimeter of your cookie.

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Then, fill in your outline. An angled spatula works great to spread the icing.

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If your design requires tinted Color Flow, add the icing color of your choice a toothpick at a time until you reach the desired color. The icing should be tinted before being thinned down.

Next, decorate as desired with more piped icing in a contrasting color or icing decorations!

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What is Color Flow Icing?

A very sweet flavored icing, Color Flow Icing does exactly what it’s name states. It flows onto your cookie surface, then dries shiny. The flowing texture can be made as thin or as stiff as you desire, depending on the amount of water added.

Color Flow Icing will create decorations that completely cover your cookies. It can also be used for icing plaques of various designs.

Color Flow Icing yields deep, vibrant colors when mixed with Wilton® Icing Colors. Some may fade while sitting in bright light.

Color Flow Icing can be stored in an airtight, grease-free container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Air-dried decorations last for months.

Color Flow designs take a long time to dry, so plan to do your color flow piece at least 2-3 days in advance.

Let us know how much you love Wilton® Color Flow Icing!

 

Spritz Cookies

8 Spritz Cookies Tips for Christmas Cookie Success

What better way to treat your friends and family than with a classic spritz cookie? Wilton® has provided us with invaluable advice for using a cookie press, as well as several spritz cookie recipes!Spritz Cookies Galore

1. Only use recipes intended for a cookie press.

Dough has to be soft and of a specific consistency for your press to work correctly.

Hint: Try Wilton’s Gingerbread Spritz Cookie recipe, or check out all of their Spritz Cookie Recipes.

2 Use an ungreased cookie sheet.

An ungreased cookie sheet helps the dough adhere, so that you get perfectly formed cookies with every press.

3. Remove air from press.

When filling the shaft, press it down as you add dough.Decorating Spritz Cookies

4. Don’t tilt your cookie press.

Hold press flat on the baking sheet. Use consistent and even pressure to press your cookies to the baking sheet.

5. Wait before lifting the cookie press off of your baking sheet.

Before moving to the next cookie, give it a second after you release the press, to allow the released dough to grab the cookie sheet.

6. Don’t use too much batter.

If you overload each cookie with too much dough, you’ll end up with plain round cookies, lacking the detail of a delicate & dainty spritz cookie.Cookies

7. Don’t overcrowd your cookie sheet.

Leave 1-1/2″ or so between cookies.

8. Cool cookies before moving.

Spritz cookies are delicate. Use a very thin metal spatula to move after they’ve cooled.

What’s your favorite spritz cookie recipe?

Baking Tips

Christmas Cookie Decorating Tips

Before the holidays get too hectic, prepare your baking battle plan. Baking in bulk can add stress to an otherwise, fun holiday tradition, but it doesn’t have to! Follow these quick cookie baking & decorating tips so your Christmas cookies will taste and look great when you’re ready to serve or gift them.

Baking Tips

1. Consistency is key. Keep cookies the same size & thickness.

Use a batter dispenser or ice cream scoop to measure drop cookies and/or roll cookie dough evenly when using cookie cutters.

Why: Using consistently sized cookies means you’re less likely to burn or undercook some cookies. If your cookies are the same size and thickness they’ll bake evenly and all look the same. If some of your cookies are thick and some are thin, you’ll end up with burnt bottoms or undercooked centers. Nobody wants a burnt cookie! Okay, okay… I’ll eat it.Stuffed Christmas Stocking Cookies Cookie Baking Tips

2. Invest in insulated cookie sheets.

Wilton Baking Pans brown cookies without burning.

Why: Insulated cookie sheets are worth investing in because they’re made with multiple layers of aluminum so that the air is insulated within the sheet, and not just whichever part of the oven is hottest.

3. Don’t put cookie dough on hot or warm pans.

Let the sheet cool completely between batches.

Why: Placing dough on a hot sheet can make the cookies spread too much.  One must be patient for the perfect cookie.Snowflake Sugar Cookies

4. Flour your cookie cutters before use.

If you’re making sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies & using cookie cutter shapes, make sure to dip them in flour before you start cutting.

Why: This way, the dough will loosen easily from the cutter when you place it on the cookie sheet. Trust me on this one; it will be worth it.

Icing Decorating Tips

1. Outline your cookie with icing first.

Pipe an icing outline around your cookie using a round tip and decorating bag filled with royal icing or full strength Wilton® Color Flow Icing.

Why: The stiff consistency will act as a barrier when you fill your shape with cookie icing.Day3_BlogImage5

2. Fill in your cookie using thinned icing.

Thin icing by adding 1-2 teaspoons light corn syrup to each cup of icing or Wilton Color Flow Icing Mix.

Why: Thin icing flows easily into any shape cookie to create a smooth even layer of icing.

3. Add detail with multiple icing colors.

Pipe small lines of another color icing across your color flowed cookie. Then, drag a toothpick from top to bottom.

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5. Cookie icing takes longer to dry.

Let dry 8-12 hours.

Why: You worked hard to make your cookie look beautiful. Wrapping them too early can result in smeared icing. Again, patience is key!

All of the cookies pictured in this post were decorated with Wilton®’s 12 Piece Cookie Decorating Set. Want even more ideas on how to decorate Christmas Cookies? Watch Wilton’s video: How to Decorate Cookies using Colored Cookie Dough.

Check out more holiday cookie decorating ideas on our Holiday Baking Pinterest board!