Monday, March 25, 2013

Hoppy Spring!

Welcome to Mixin' Mom! I am a (soon to be-any second now) mommy of two, former military officer, currently a military spouse, and a lover of baking and cooking! I want to use this site to share simple recipes, party ideas, and life changes as I learn to manage my busy life while creating a fun environment for my family.

Spring is around the corner and so is Easter! So I thought I would begin my "blog" with come simple sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. I used two cookie cutters I got from JoAnn fabrics that were a bunny head and carrot. It was fun for my 2 year old and I to roll out the dough and bake together before we welcome his little brother. Later I mixed up some royal icing and used my own creative imagination to color and decorate my cookies. Enjoy!

 Carrots and Bunnies

Hoppy Easter!

Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe (I halved this original recipe so I didn't end up with 4 dozen cookies!)

1 1/4 c. butter (room temperature)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Slowly add egg and vanilla. 
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.
3. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Mix until well blended.
4. Place dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 
5. Roll out dough and use desired cookie cutters. Place cookies on baking sheet.
*6. I like to bake my cookies on Parchment cookies to get an even heat and prevent my cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
7. Bake cookies 7-10 min.

Royal Icing

2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 c. warm water

1. Mix powdered sugar and meringue powder together.
2. Add warm water and mix everything to where it is wet with a spoon.
3. Using a hand mixer on "high," beat frosting until stiff and white (about 5-10 min).
4. Use desired colors/piping bags to color frosting and make designs. 

Happy Spring!