Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe. I did not want to buy another cookie cutter. I feel like I'm up to my ears in them already.
I was able to decorate 18 cookies using just one single batch of Royal Icing, and I had plenty leftover to make another cookie that I will share very soon.
ps- I found that outlining the feathers was easier when the cookie was 'upside-down.' That way, I was coming towards myself rather than going away from myself when making the loops.
(Click the link to see How to Make Royal Icing.)
While it is still wet - immediately - I added the yellow dots with a thin, flooding consistency icing.
(Click the link to see How to Make the Right Royal Icing Consistency.)
Now, I will tell you that after a few cookies, I realized that in order to make all three colors of dots completely sink in to the light blue icing, I had to do only one half of each cookie at a time. So, I filled the right side with light blue, added my dots, then filled the left side and added those dots. If my icing had been a little more thin, and had it not been 100-degrees in my kitchen that day, I probably would not have had to go to that extra step.
The photo doesn't really do it justice, but the cookie on the right has shimmer on it, the cookie on the left does not. It adds a nice, subtle difference, I think.
(See the photo at the top of this post for why you want to wait until they're completely dry to do this! You will smash the icing if you go too soon.)
Click the Links Below to See:
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe
How to Make Royal Icing Consistencies
How to Color Icing
Other Cookie Decorating Ideas