March 25, 2009

Teddy Bear Cookies

These are very cute for a baby shower or birthday party. I love making little hearts on them and the tiny touch of icing inside their ears and even little claw marks on the feet really make them come alive. Notice the icing flooded off the cookie onto the wax paper?  No big deal when you pick it up, just break that part off and no one will even notice.

The key to getting a nice shiny finish is using corn syrup in the icing.

Sugar Cookie Decorator Icing
4 c powdered sugar
2 Tbsp meringue powder
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanille extract (or any other flavor you like)
paste food coloring

Combine all but powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat slowly until smooth. Slowly add the sugar until you have a smooth consistency. Have patience and do not raise mixer speed above low or you'll end up with blooming like these green bears where the icing has blotches. You can add paste food coloring at this time if you want colored icing. This consistency is perfect for outlining your cookies. You will need to thin it a bit for flooding the interior of the cookie. This will dry to firm in about an hour and then you can store in a plastic container with wax or parchment paper in between layers.

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