DIY Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing {Recipe}

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For Valentines Day I teamed up with two of my favourite local bloggers Codi {Creative Wife & Joyful Worker} and Kat {The Pampered Baby} to create a styled Valentines Day shoot. We each tackled a DIY project and partnered up with some local businesses for party decor and to outfit the girls. While it was a lot of work, three two year old girls on sugar is pure chaos, we all had a lot of fun in the end.

Today I’m sharing my DIY for the shoot, my go to recipe for both Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing. Sugar cookies are my go to treats for parties or holiday gatherings is sugar cookies. It’s one of those things that I have become known for between family and friends and they’ve come to expect them now. You can see some of the previous times I made them here, here, here and here. While they can be very time consuming, I love to make them and look forward to trying out different designs and shapes each time!I hope you enjoy!

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups Flour
Pinch Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt

1 cup Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 Large Egg
Zest 1/2 Lemon
2 tbsp Vanilla
Method

Sift flour, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in mixer until just combined. Add egg, zest and vanilla to butter mixture, mix in on low. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, mixing well each time. Turn dough onto counter and knead gently until homogenous. Separate dough into two and saran wrap. Place in fridge and chill until cold and hard. Roll onto well floured surface to 1/4inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place baking sheet in fridge and chill for 15 minutes. Bake cookies at 350* until set and edges are golden. (8-10 minutes). Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

2 Large Eggs (boxed egg whites are good)
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Method

Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Slowly add in powered sugar and lemon juice. Beat for 1 minute. Icing should hold a stiff peak, if to thin add more sugar until it reaches desired consistency.

Piping Icing should be similar consistency to tooth paste. This is what your above icing should be like once mixed. When squeezed out of a piping bag it should create a smooth line with little spread. This is good for outlining, detail work and writing.

Ten Second Icing is great for filling and flooding cookies. Take your piping icing and spritz with water to thin out. A water bottle works best to achieve this. Drag a knife through your bowl of icing, if it takes less than 10 seconds to disappear it is too thin.

If you are looking for a gluten and dairy free version of the cookies, check out The Pampered Babies recipe.

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Click here to see the whole party on Boombaloo

Click here to see Kat’s DIY Ombre Photo Backdrop

Click here to see Codi’s DIY Tassel Garland Cake Topper

List of party contributors:

Girls Headbands – Arrow and Lace Designs

Girls Bracelets – Shop Rachel Rainbow

Girls Dresses – Over the Loom

Party Straws – Dixie & Twine

Tassel Garland, noise makers and Fiesta Balloon- Fun Fiesta’s by Ili.

Gold dipped cutlery and glassware – Grace Miller & Co

Xo. Andria

 

18 thoughts on “DIY Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing {Recipe}

  • February 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    I am definitely going to give this recipe a try! I love making sugar cookies and have a couple of baby showers coming up that these would be perfect for!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • February 2, 2016 at 7:41 am
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    Can I just eat all of these? I’ll sacrifice my breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an unlimited amount of these! They look DELICIOUS!

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  • February 2, 2016 at 8:20 am
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    I love sugar cookies! I’ve only worked with Royal Icing once before because it was a huge pain, but I loved how they turned out. Your recipe looks much more manageable than the one I did. I’ll have to give these a shot!

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  • February 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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    these are so adorable! I need to try them 🙂

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  • February 3, 2016 at 9:00 am
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    I actually took a cookie decorating class and loved it. Making cookies like this is almost like therapy for me. I love decorating them. Thanks for the recipe, this is a keeper!

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  • February 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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    I am pinning this, because I have had the hardest time with icing cookies and yours are simply gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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    These are adorable! I’ve tried to use royal icing before and it NEVER turns out as pretty as yours… 😉

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  • February 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm
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    I love Royal icing! I tried making it for the first time (using corn syrup) when I did Christmas cookies last year and it came out way too runny. I will have to give your recipe a try. And your cookies look GORGEOUS!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    Umm wow!!! Can you teach me how to ice cookies!!? These look amazing. I’m terrible at icing cookies ?

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  • February 10, 2016 at 6:34 am
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    Those cookies look too perfect to eat!! You have amazing decorating skills!

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  • February 10, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    Wow, these look amazing. You did a great job. I am definitely going to try this myself!

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  • April 9, 2016 at 5:37 am
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    How cute are those cookies , they love and sound delish , thanks for sharing the recipe , i will def be trying them out 🙂

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