This is last of my Halloween posts! I think Halloween is one of the best baking seasons – you can do so many cute things with so many great flavors. Christmas and Halloween can’t be beat for yummies, right? Every year I try to come up with a new way to bake something resembling candy corn — and this year it’s a simple sugar cookie decorated with sanding sugar. If you want to seen what I’ve done in years past, check out my holiday treats archive! Below are the recipes I used and the details for how to make these. Enjoy!
If you are a new to decorating with royal icing, here are some helpful tips and links:
- I used my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe, which is listed below. Another good cut-out cookie recipe can be found at Bridget’s wonderful Bake at 350.
- I used a royal icing recipe from Annie’s Eats, which is listed below.
- If you are new to decorating with royal icing, please visit this post by Annie’s Eats, which will teach you about outlining and flooding. Bake at 350 is also a great resource for cookie decorating and ideas (I love Bridget’s book, too!).
Here are the specifics on how I made these cookies:
- I had a candy corn cookie cutter in my stash — but you know what would also work? An Easter egg cookie cutter. Improvise if that’s all you’ve got!
- I made two batches of royal icing (recipe below). I dyed a portion of the icing orange, a portion yellow, and left the rest white. You don’t have to dye the icing (as you’ll be covering it up with sanding sugar), but I think the colors of the end product are richer if you do.
- You will need orange, yellow, and white sanding sugar, plus the required outlining/flooding supplies as described in the links above.
- I outlined the yellow portion of the cookies first, then the orange, then the white. Once all of the outlines were dry, I began the flooding process. Flood the yellow portions first — and dip into yellow sanding sugar. Allow the cookies to sit for about 30 minutes. Then repeat the process for the orange portion, then for the white portion.
- As always, please let me know if you have questions :)
- PS: the cookie/cupcake stand in the photo above is from Crate & Barrel (fall 2014).
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 cookies for about 8 minutes).
White Royal Icing
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5 Tablespoons water
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.
** Note! I made two batches of this icing for this project.