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Mickey Balloon Cookies

You guys, I LOVE DISNEY BALLOONS. I have loved balloons since I was young, but the Mickey balloons at Disney World or Disneyland? A whole other level of adoration. Just ask Andrea who traveled to Disney World with me — and gracefully and patiently put up with me squee-ing and freaking out every time a balloon vendor walked by. There’s something about a balloon that is just happy, you know? Anyway, I decided to attempt to make Mickey balloon cookies — as a tribute to my love for them. I think these cookies turned out pretty well! [keep scrolling to the end of the post to see more pics!]

If you are a new to decorating with royal icing, here are some helpful tips and links:

Here are the specifics on how I made these cookies:

Omi’s Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients gradually. Chill the batter overnight or for at least 4 hours. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350F until golden (in true fashion, my grandma didn’t give a specific baking time. I baked the Mickeys for about 8 minutes, the larger circles for 10-12 minutes).


White Royal Icing
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5 Tablespoons water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes).  Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container. This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating. Add water a very small amount at a time and stir by hand until fully incorporated. Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping.

Here’s another way to make them — sans white circle.

The real thing!

Love!

Balloon love in Frontierland.

MGM (er, Hollywood Studios) was the only place I spotted the yellow balloons.

And so marks the end of my balloon geekery. Check back this week – I have a few more Disney treats coming up!