I love the idea of a decorated sugar cookie! And since becoming a Pinterest addict, the desire to do all things crafty has been forcing me to try things I once would have never dared! Don't get me wrong, I have tried to decorate sugar cookies before and swore to never do it again. It's not the decorating that scares me, it's the rolling out and cutting of the cookie dough that makes me want to scream!
I was determined to try my best to get it right this time for the love of my children! I spent some time researching ideas on the best ways to roll out that sticky dough and cut it into shapes that are eye catching and think I have finally got it down to an art.
Here's some of what I learned while making these "parrrrrrrty" treats!
|Waaaaallllaaaaaa!!! Perfectly baked cookies! And by the way, when the recipe says bake for 8 minutes, bake for 8 minutes! Leaving them in too long browns the edges and makes them hard!|
|Here are my boys' initials made into cookies... later you'll see how I matched them to go w/ my pirates!|
|After the red icing hardens you are now ready to add the white dots. I used a frosting bag and a tip to do these and make sure you keep the white icing a little thicker so it doesn't run!|
|Here's the fun part! Get creative w/ your decorating!|
|AND IT'S OK IF THEY AREN'T PERFECT!|
|Colored sugar sticks really well to this stuff for a different textured look!|
|"Initial" cutters are a great buy since you can use them over and over again!|
|Don't go out and buy copper colored food coloring to make flesh tones. Just mix a little (and by a little I mean a tiny amount) of yellow and red to white frosting.... waaaaalllllaaaaa... flesh toned frosting!!!|
|ALMOST DONE! All you have left to do now is to finish up with a cute face! Make sure you add an eye patch... every pirate needs one plus it's a great way to cover any unsightly mistakes!|
|There you have it... decorated sugar cookies!|
|Time consuming YES... worth it... I think so!!!|