What says summer like a beach ball? I made these cookies as a thank you for my boys' summer camp counselors.
What you need:
One recipe Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Large round biscuit or cookie cutter
One recipe Royal Icing
"No-Taste" Red Icing Color, Lemon Yellow Icing Color, Royal Blue Icing Color
Disposable decorating bag fitted with Tip #5
4 zipper-top sandwich bags (check that they don't have the fold at the bottom)
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe.
I cut these out with a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter. Then to make the marks in the cookies, you want to use the same biscuit cutter and make light indentations where you will want to make your lines.
* Be careful not to press to hard, or while they're baking, the cookies will spread a little because of the deep cuts.
While the cookies are baking and cooling, make your icing.
You want to reserve about 3/4 cup of icing in its stiff consistency for outlines. Then thin the rest of it with water until it reaches a good "flooding consistency." This means that when you drop a big drop back into the bowl of icing, it will disappear in a count of 10. (Not before, not after.) Then, color that icing with red, yellow and blue. (Click the link for a recipe and tutorial for royal icing.)
You can see that I use the high-tech decorating tool of a zipper sandwich bag for my flooding icing. It works, and is great for letting 4-year-olds help, as well.
* I decided about halfway along that doing the outside outline before the inside lines was better. So, start with the outside circle-- unlike what I'm doing in this photo. It will look better at the end.
Then, they all needed to dry for a while before putting the "button" on the top, so that they wouldn't bleed. I'd recommend at least 30 minutes, if not longer.
Then, you just have to let them dry for a few hours to overnight. Make sure that ALL of the colors are dry. The darker colors (red, particularly) can take longer to dry thanks to all of the coloring required in them.
Click the Links Below to See:
Beach Ball Cupcakes
Beach Ball Cake Pops
Beach Ball Cake
Other Sugar Cookie Ideas
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe