Happy hippity hoppity spring, everyone! One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to get creative in the kitchen. I have a go-to cut out cookie recipe that we use for so many special occasions. It's the most perfectly versatile recipe and can be used to make beautiful themed cookies for any occasion. This week I shared the full recipe over on the Pottery Barn Kids blog, Building Blocks. Today I'm going to spill my best secrets on getting the icing and decorations just right, even with little helper hands!
While your sugar cookies are baking, follow my recipe for the royal icing. Make sure you use high-quality gel food coloring whenever you are making icing of any kind. It is super-concentrated, so start with one tiny drop and build your way up to your desired color. Here, I used a turquoise color. I used one drop of gel color for half of the cookies and two or three for the other half to add a bit of variety to the cookies.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a small, round tip with the stiff peak royal icing. This is for your outline, and it is too runny it won't hold its shape. Outline all of your egg cookies with the icing. Now, let those little hands get to work! Add water to the royal icing until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup. Fill a squeeze bottle with the thinned out royal icing and let the kiddos go to town flooding the cookies with icing!
Tip: You can get squeeze bottles like this in a number of places, including specialty baking stores and the baking section of craft stores. I found them to be cheapest in the painting section of my local Hobby Lobby. Go figure!
Instruct the kiddos to squirt a generous dollop of icing in the center of each cookie, and then help them spread the icing to the edges with a toothpick.
Now here is the real trick to these cookies. I've seen so many beautiful robins egg inspired desserts all over Pinterest. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, you name it. The problem with every recipe I found was that the decorating methods were anything but kid-friendly. Splatter food coloring all over the kitchen with a dry paintbrush? With a four year old? Not a chance. So I came up with my own method!
Simply fill a tiny spray bottle (again, from the painting section of the craft store) with very warm water and add a drop or two of brown gel food coloring. Then make like T. Swift and shake, shake, shake until the food coloring is all dissolved. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your still-wet cookies on top. Let the kiddos spritz their way to robins egg perfection! Oh, and that happens to be the best part. There's no such thing as a perfectly speckled robins egg, so you seriously cannot screw this up!
Allow your cookies to dry overnight and then store in an airtight container for up to one week.
These cookies, while super easy, are a true show-stopper. You will be the talk of Easter Brunch when you show up with these! What is your favorite spring or Easter dessert recipe to make? Share with us on Facebook and maybe you'll inspire another Camp Makery recipe post!