I love Mother's Day. I fully realize that it's a "made up" holiday, but I like the idea of taking time out of our busy schedules to tell our mother's how much we appreciate and love them. This year, since I won't be with my mother, I sent her a set of these decorated sugar cookies full of royal icing roses.
I chose bright colors because my mom is one of the most vibrant and energetic people I know. She's the kind of person who can light up a room by just being there. So there's no way pastel colors would ever do when making cookies for her!
I included some cakes in this set because when I am with my mom on Mother's Day I always bake a cake. Since it's a bit more challenging to ship an entire cake to my mom I thought a cake in cookie form would be a lot more convenient!
My cookie-decorating journey didn't start that long ago. This set of tie-dye cookies was the very fist set a made. But, decorating cookies is becoming more and more of an obsession hobby. Lately I've been experimenting with royal icing roses. These spring cookies were my very first attempt at the most simple kind of royal icing roses. The royal icing roses for these cookies are also incredibly simple.
Here's what I did to make this version of royal icing roses:
1 – You need some very, very stiff royal icing. When I say stiff, I mean that it's so stiff that it'll hold a peak when you pull you spatula out of the icing.
2 – A very small star tip. I used a Wilton #13.
3 – Cover the back of a cookie sheet with wax paper. Tape the wax paper down to the cookie sheet. (I use painter's tape because it comes off easily). This is where you will be piping your roses.
4 – Taking your piping bag fitted with a Wilton #13 star tip, start by piping a dollop on the wax paper. This dollop will be the center of your rose.
5 – Then, in one continuous motion, pipe around the dollop in a circular motion. As you pipe around the center, you will start to overlap your circles to make a raised, rose shape.
6 – Fill the sheet with as many different colored roses, and allow them to dry for at least 24 hours.
7 – Once completely dry, these roses can be removed and stored in an airtight container. They should be stored in a cool, dry place away from the sun. (The sun will make the color fade.) Use them when you're ready to decorate!
Of course, I didn't come up with this method. Sugar Belle did, and here's a link to her site with a tutorial. In the tutorial she connects her leaves to her roses. I didn't. I piped my leaves after attaching the roses to the cookies. I found that it was easier for me arrange the royal icing roses without the leaves being attached. But either way works!
Although I made some fancy looking cookie, my two little munchkins decorated their own cookies for their Grandmother who they call Lulu. I simply iced some cookies in white, and they used some food color markers to decorated. They used these ones from Wilton simply because my other food color makers have fine tips that I knew would be ruined if a sweet two year old were to use them. I have a feeling the kids' cookies will be my mom's favorite because they're my favorite!
While there's absolutely no material object in the world that could ever express how much I love, appreciate, and admire my mom, I always opt to give her something handmade. Something that, in a very small way, expresses how much she means to me. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day with those you love in your life – whether it's your mom, wife, partner, sister, aunt, grandmother, or dear friend that you love!
Mother's Day Decorated Cookies with Royal Icing Roses
You can find the recipe for the sugar cookies and royal icing at the end of this post.
Here are the cookie cutters I used to make the cookies:
1 – Wilton 3 tired cake cutter for the cakes
2 – The Maryann Plaque cookie cutter in medium from Whisked Away Cutters. (By the way, Whisked Away Cutters are AMAZING! They're super sturdy and sharp so there's no distortion in the cut cookie. Check out the Etsy shop here. They're made by Tracy who is an extremely talented cookie artist in her own right.)
The colors I used to make the cookies are:
1 – Pink: Wilton Rose with a touch of Americolor Super Red
2 – Turquoise: Americolor Sky Blue with a touch of Americolor Lemon Yellow
3 – Yellow: Americolor Lemon Yellow with a touch of the pink I made above.
4 – Green: Americolor Leaf Green with a bit of the pink, turquoise, and yellow made above.
5 – Black: I made it by mixing all of the colors above and adding some Americolor Black.
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