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Breast Cancer Awareness Cookies
Breast Cancer Cookies
October is for PINK
While breast cancer has not affected me personally, it has for way too many of my girlfriends. It is so nice that men and women around the country take time every October to celebrate the struggle and recovery of these brave women!
I play ladies league tennis with matches on Thursday mornings. At our home matches we bring delicious food and decorate our table with coordinating linens and flowers. Never fails, every October we choose one week for breast cancer awareness. This year, I was assigned dessert. I looked on Pinterest for some ideas and found that most of them were the same. Plus, I'm no master chef so it has to be easy, whatever it is!
I found lots of people made "boobie" cookies with a heart cookie cutter and then decorated them with icing. Use homemade, I beg you! This recipe is soooo easy! And the recipe for royal icing is also easy. It will be worth it when you taste deliciousness and not chemicals.
Things You'll Need
- Ingredients for the cookies (below)
- heart-shaped cookie cutter
- rolling pin and board
- non-stick cookie sheet
- cooling rack
- meringue powder (Wilton)
- gel or other food coloring
- piping bags or ziploc bags
- your imagination
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Ingredients for Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup softened butter
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs half and half
- 1 tsp vanilla
Directions for Sugar Cookies
- Cream softened butter for a minute
- Slowly add the sugar. Mix until fluffy.
- Add the egg. Mix until combined, don't over mix.
- Add the dry ingredients, then the vanilla.
- Separate into two. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
When rolling out cookies:
- Roll out to 1/2-1/3 inch thickness.
- For the first batch, preheat the oven with the cookie tray inside. They won't cook right if the pan is cool.
- Make sure your pan is non-stick. I like to use baking stones. Parchment paper, Silpats and cooking spray also work.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
- Leave on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
- Decorate when completely cool.
Frosting (Royal Icing)
If you've never used or heard of it before, royal icing is super easy to make and work with. The key ingredient, besides the powdered sugar, is something called meringue powder. Wilton makes it and it can be found at Wal-Mart! Directions are inside the can but here they are as well.
- Measure out 3 tablespoons of meringue powder into a large bowl
- Sift 4 cups of powdered sugar
- Pour in 6 tablespoons of lukewarm water
- Separate into bowls. These will be for your colors.
- Color with gel or liquid coloring. If you use the liquid, make sure your frosting is a bit stiffer (use less water) when first mixing. Gel colors can be found at Wal-Mart.
- Spoon into disposable piping bags. Rubber band the end to close it. Snip the tip. Decorate!