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Gumball Machine Cookies

I almost didn’t post these cookies because I pretty much hate how they turned out. This was one of those decorating attempts where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The cookies were lumpier than usual. The flooded icing didn’t smooth and looks bumpy. The color from the candy “gumballs” bled into the white icing. Oy! But you know, they’re just cookies and they are still kinda cute, so here they are.

Yesterday (as you all know from my previous post) was my 30th birthday. When I was young, nearly every birthday cake of mine was in the shape of gumball machine. I’m not sure why, but I picked it out of the decorator’s catalog, loved it, and insisted on that design for years to come. My gumball cakes were the inspiration to make these cookies Hope you enjoy!

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 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.

And here are some of my gumball cakes! And the secret’s now officially out – I’m not a natural blonde! ;)