Clay Coaster

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to put your sugar cookie decorating skills to the test. Today we’re using homemade royal icing and my family’s sugar cookie recipe to create the most lovely heart-shaped treats.

Materials & Tools

  • Cookie cutters
  • Icing bag
  • #7 and #2 icing tips
  • Toothpicks

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES:

  • 1 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sprinkles

FOR THE ICING:

  • 2 lb Bag Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 11 tbsp egg beaters
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Food Coloring

Instructions - For the cookies

Instructions - For the icing

ICING TIPS

Icing hardens as it’s exposed to air, so it’s important to have your icing bags ready and waiting. The best thing to do is set them in a tall glass and then use chip clips to close the top.


If you ever feel like you’ve added too much water to your icing, no big deal, just add a little sugar to get it back to the consistency you need.

TIPS FOR INSPIRATION

Don’t forget to add a little flair — sprinkles, tiny candies and mini chocolate chips or caramels all make for great garnishes.


Use stencils with your icing to add more intricate details or spell out messages.