Flooding Sugar Cookies (Like a Pro!)

CIMG9601I always wanted to know how to “flood” cookies so I could have fancy schmancy sugar cookies…so I decided to finally figure it out.  It is fairly easy, with the proper tools, except it can be rather time consuming.  So if you are baking 5 dozen cookies this week, I would maybe go for sprinkles.  But if you have the time and the desire, here is the how to on how to flood sugar cookies.  Recipe at the end. CIMG9581While cookies are being baked (homemade or refrigerator would work…it is all about the frosting presentation here) prepare “royal Icing” and funnel into piping container.  I use these little plastic bottles that I picked up at Michael’s.  For straight lines (as compared to piping designs) I prefer bottles over piping bags because it is easier to use and less messy.  I also use a dough mat for rolling my dough, cutting out cookies, and for spreading out the cookies to decorate.  Mine is from Crate and Barrel and I like that it is nice and big to spread out on the table.  CIMG9584After cookies have been baked and cooled, pipe an outline of your cookie and let dry.CIMG9577Once dry, fill in the inside of your cookie with the icing and use a knife or toothpick to spread it around.  You only need to do a zig zag and then use the knife to even it out.  CIMG9586Let icing completely dry.    CIMG9580Once dry, add embellishments with remaining icing colored with food coloring.  CIMG9594 Easy people!  And you will look like a pro! CIMG9597 CIMG9602And don’t forget to put it on a pretty plate!CIMG9605Recipe taken from Martha Stewart’s Cookies:

Royal Icing

1 pound confectioners’ sugar

5 tablespoons meringue powder (I have also found versions that used egg whites if you do not have meringue powder on hand.  Google it.)

Scant 1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment (hand mixer would work as well).  Mix on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes.  If icing is too thick, add more water; if too thin, beat icing 2 to 3 minutes more or add more confectioners’ sugar a tablespoon at a time. 

Happy baking! 

Do you have a traditional holiday treat that you like to make?



18 comments:

  1. Thank you for making this look so easy. Now, I want to try. The plastic bottles make all the difference.

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  2. i loove icing sugar cookies, but it is very time consuming--esp if you want to do more than a couple of colors! i usually use sprinkles for half if the dough then ice the rest. i love your idea with the bottles, i'm going to give it a try!

    i'm all about cookies @ christmas time! this year i made all of my dough in advance and froze it until i'm ready to bake. hopefully it doesn't bite me in the butt!!

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  3. Thanks for making it seem "doable" My 10 year old daughter and I have been wanting to try this. I now think I have the nerve. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  4. THANK YOU!!! :) I always wondered how people got those cookies to look like that. :)

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  5. Interesting. I never knew how to do this. Thanks for the tips!

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  6. Crazy because I am making the same cookies next week with the same icing. I was wondering how to make it look so good. Thanks for the tip to use the bottle. The only difference is I'm using large white perils.

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  7. Great tips! I've never known how to do this, so I'm thrilled to have some pointers.

    I just learned to make PayDay bars this year....so easy and fun! The recipe is on my blog if you're interested.....in the Christmas Scoop post, I believe.

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  8. YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY
    I am so making these...oh, wait...I dont have a kitchen. ROTFL.
    OK, WHEN I move again I'm so making these. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing

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  9. Those look great! It does sound easy and I think I could do that!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Love this post! Very interesting!

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  11. I haven't been by in a while. Those cookies look so yummy...I want one! :) The Christmas decorating is sooo fun & your wedding pictures...WOW! What a beautiful bride! It looks like it was a perfect day!

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  12. Very pretty! And you did make it look easy...

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  13. oh! i never knew this! thanks! and I think we have that same plate! Crate and Barrel? Kelly

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  14. So pretty. Even your cookies match your decor. :)

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  15. Love your step by step instructions with photos. Very helpful!

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  16. These look like a fun project for a cold winter day, like today! : )

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