Since it is back to school time, I thought I would attempt to make some apple cut-out cookies. These cookies would be a cute surprise in your child’s lunch bag for the first day of school or a sweet teacher appreciation gift. What teacher doesn’t like apples, especially in the form of a cookie?
For those who know me, know that I LOVE to BAKE! I usually bake something once a week, like these delicious easy granola bars. When it comes to baking however, I try to avoid anything that involves rolling out dough or decorating with a pastry bag. First of all, I can never get the dough to roll out evenly and the cookies always turn out looking like lop-sided, misshapen blobs. Not to mention I shake like a leaf, no pun intended, and was born with a hand tremor which makes decorating with a pastry bag a torture session. I have to anchor my elbows on the table to prevent the frosting from ending up all over the place.
Having said all that, I am determined to master cut out cookies because they are so versatile…you can customize your cookies for holidays, parties and gifts.
During the many hours I spend on Pinterest (don’t tell Mr. Wilson), I found this tutorial from The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. She has great tips for beginner cookie decorator wannabes like me. I used her recipe for sugar cookies, which was fabulous and really easy to follow. Just make sure you add enough flour so that the dough is not too sticky and holds its form when you transfer it to the baking sheet. Baking is really trial and error, if the dough is too sticky…add some flour or put it in the fridge for 5 minutes to let it firm up.
This cookie recipe is great because if you follow the directions to a tee, the cookies turn out a really nice tan/pale yellow color that gives them a professional look. No browning around the edges or uneven baking like other recipes I have tried.
I also followed her recipe and tips for royal icing which was simple and easy to make. I found this video from Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio very helpful because it provides a tutorial on how to prepare royal icing to the right consistency to “flood” the cookie.
I purchased all the supplies including; the piping tips, piping bags, coloring gels, flavorings and meringue powder at Michaels and scored this apple cookie cutter at Joanne Fabrics for $.50 with a coupon.
Overall, they are far from perfect but good enough for me and my kids!