Cactus Sugar Cookies

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A lot of Oregon dwellers are snowbirds and I can understand why. They fly to Arizona in the winter where it’s dry and sunny. Although this is a pretty mild winter so far. Summer is my favorite season and I already miss it. Lately, it has been cold and wet, perfect weather for staying in with the family and making sugar cookies. The twins love when we get to bake together. I just have to keep an eye out for any ingredients that go missing in the process.

Making Sugar Cookies with the Twins

Gwendolyn and Lawson are so much fun to cook with. Whenever mama or dada are in the kitchen they always want to pull up a chair to watch and help. Sugar cookies are their favorite thing to bake. We’ve made a lot of them over the Christmas season. They love to decorate with sprinkles and then see what comes out of the oven.

A Whole New Type of Sugar Cookie

So far we have kept things simple. They can’t do a lot effectively in the kitchen, but I want them to have fun. So when it’s time to mix, I let them “mix” and then I take over. Usually, the sugar cookies we make are precut into squares, but I decided on a whole new type of sugar cookie topped with royal icing. This cookie requires a cookie cutter, which the twins have yet to be introduced to. Since I’m in a desert mood lately, I thought cactus was a perfect choice.

Cactus Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 C of unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1½ C Powder sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 C of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • Cookie Cutter: Sweet Sugarbelles Cactus shape
  • Royal Icing ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 4½ C powder sugar
  • Leaf green and Neon Green gel food coloring
  • 2 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • 1 squeeze bottle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg and mix until combined and creamy
  4. Using a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and cream of tarter
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed
  6. Using your hands continue to mix until fully combined
  7. Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
  8. Roll out the dough to about ½ inch thick
  9. Cut out 12 Cactus and place onto a cookie sheet
  10. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  11. Repeat steps until all dough has been used
  12. Let cookies cool completely
  13. Royal Icing Directions:
  14. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  15. Split icing into 2 bowls
  16. Add a few drops of Leaf green into the first bowl and mix until combined. You are wanting to get a slightly dark green color
  17. Add about 2-4 drops of neon green gel coloring into the second bowl and mix until combined.
  18. Scoop about ¼ C of the leaf green icing into one of the piping bags
  19. Scoop ½ C Neon green icing into the second piping bag and set aside
  20. Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining leaf greeb icing bowl and mix until combined
  21. Pour the icing into squeeze bottle
  22. Using the leaf green piping bag, out line the cactus
  23. Using the thinned icing, fill in the cactus
  24. Let cookies dry overnight.
  25. Using the neon green piping bag, pipe a line round the middle of the cactus
  26. Pipe a line around the edges of the cactus arms
  27. Pipe broken lines down the centers of the cactus like in the images
  28. Pipe little hearts on some of the broken lines
  29. Allow to dry for 2 hours before enjoying!

Royal Icing Decor

One of the most satisfying cookie toppers is a complete blanket of royal icing. There are a couple of tricks to making these cactus cookies beautiful, so follow carefully. The kids aren’t ready for this one yet. But they will be.