Sugar cookies with buttercream icing

I had this dilemma last week – it was Mother’s Day, my pottery berry bowls that I’d made for my Moms weren’t glazed or fired yet and every cookie-maker in town was booked until August.

How can people be so ahead of the game that they know they’ll need sugar cookies in August!?  I don’t even know if I have underwear for tomorrow morning? (except that I keep 30 pairs just in case)

I digress; my gifts weren’t ready and now I couldn’t even bring a treat to my Mom’s to show her that I didn’t forget the day completely.

I had to improvise…

and by improvise I mean find a tutorial online that I stood a chance of actually being able to complete with a modicum of success.

Enter Emily at TheHutchOven.com:

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Aren’t these sugar cookies fantastic!  Almost too pretty to eat right? (almost)

Yes, by all indications of the above photo I was aiming high.  Sky-high.

But her tutorial seemed simple?

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This was attempt number 2; number one looked a tad more like a blob of pink diarrhea – so I’ll spare you.

But as I progressed – and watched her video tutorial 30 more times – I got better:

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Sure, I used the wrong cookie cutter and my icing is a tad dry – but this is my first attempt at making buttercream icing flowers…  EVER.

I won’t say that the icing isn’t a little heavy for the thickness of the cookies (a ratio of 2:1), but by the time I was 4 dozen sugar cookies in, I almost had the hang of it!

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I was also left with four dozen cookies a week before I’m scheduled to see my Mom,  and pants that are already too-tight.

The girls and I delivered cookies here and there to friends and neighbours and I polished off the last 3 this morning for breakfast (this will be the second pair of pants I’ve split this week) – and funnily enough, I still don’t have a surprise for Mom even on her belated Mother’s Day.

I’m a shitty kid.

A shitty kid that can almost pipe peony flowers on sugar cookies!

These are the links to the sugar cookie and icing recipe I used so you have them close by when you click over to see how easy Emily (TheHutchOven) makes it look.

The cookie recipe makes about 4 dozen 3″ cookies, but the buttercream recipe is enough to ice double that.

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I won’t lie, cookie decorating will probably not be something I pursue full-time.  This batch alone took hours to bake, ice and clean up.

(but it does feel kinda great to know I can if I have to!)

Thank you Emily at TheHutchOven.com – without your tutorials I’d be a shitty kid on Father’s Day too.

What I used:

 

Have a great one!

2018-06-18T13:39:29+00:00May 21st, 2017|RECIPES|0 Comments

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