Decorated Cookies For All Occasions

What's better than a great sugar cookie that's decorated to the tee for special occasions like holidays, birthdays, graduations and just every day.
In my past life I was a cake decorator. Although I dabble in cake decorating now and again, I find making decorated cookies so much more fun to make. I use a sugar cookie recipe that is the best I have ever found and I have included that recipe on this post.  It makes a lot and they are so very tasty. 

There are many ways to decorate the cookies.  You can flood the cookie with thinner icing that makes them shiny. You can use a little bit thicker icing and then put seasonal sprinkles on the cookies. You can use a buttercream frosting and pipe your decorations on them. There are many ways of finishing off your cookies. You don't have to be a professional to get uwwws and awwws...for your beautiful cookies.
Here are links to companies that carry every cookie 
cutter you could think of...just click on the logo...
Here are a few video tutorials on how to work with royal icing on cookies.  This icing is very thin, but sets up pretty fast.  It is used to make those adorable cookies above.
After watching this video, please check out her website. It's loaded with everything a decorated cookie enthusiast would want. 
This video is how to make and use Royal Icing for both piping and flooding...
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and finally.... My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe!

1 1/2 cups butter, softened                        
2 cups white sugar                                     
4 eggs                                                           
1 tsp. vanilla extract                                                                  
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before frosting.
I like to use butter cream frosting on my cookies, thinned out a little. This recipe makes the best buttercream.

1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. margarine or butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (I use clear vanilla to keep the frosting as white
               as it can be)
1/2 tsp. almond extract
milk   (add a little at a time to the consistency that you want

  1. Beat shortening and margarine until the color is almost white.  This will take a few minutes
  2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and about a scant 1/4 cup milk and beat until blended.  Add more milk to get to your consistency. Remember a little milk goes a long way.  Add milk by tablespoons.
For my watermelon cookies, I used a biscuit cutter to cut the circles and then cut them in half.  I then used a star decorating tip to put the frosting on each cookies. The seeds on the watermelon cookies are mini chocolate chips.
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Pinterest is the place for DIY's, instruction, applications, patterns, recipes, name it, and Pinterest has it. Last night I was with my daughter for dinner and he was telling me that her husband has great Pinterest boards! Pinterest is for everyone. The largest magazine ever created. If you liked this post on cookies visit my "Cookie Board" fore everyday cookies and great decorated cookie ideas...

The key to great boards on Pinterest is to categorize them in a way that works for you. I recently recategorized all my boards and now am able to find that one particular pin very quickly. If you would like to check out my "Other Boards" and how they are categorized, just click on my picture below and you will be redirected to my "Saved Boards"...
Here are a few beautiful cookies for different occasions from Pinterest, just click on the pictures and you will be redirected to the contributor's website. There are a few that I can't locate where it is originated...
Christmas, Valentine's Day & St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July  
Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day
 Halloween, Thanksgiving
The Four Seasons-Spring, 
Summer, Autumn, Winter
Baby Showers
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So many beautiful cookies. I love checking designs out to get new ideas for myself. Maybe one of these cookies will work for you for a birthday, a holiday or a graduation.
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"...words to live by

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