Bettyann Given, also known as Betty Sweets, admits she wasn’t always a perfect sugar cookie decorator.
Bettyann Given, also known as Betty Sweets, admits she wasn’t always a perfect sugar cookie decorator. It took her batch after batch of different types of cookies and different consistencies of icings until she finally got her groove in the cookie decorating world.
Given’s business, Betty Sweets, specializes in custom cookie favors for weddings, showers, and parties. She also does group and private cookie decorating classes.
With the holidays in full swing and cookie exchange parties most likely coming up for people, we stepped into the kitchen with Bettyann and got an in-depth tutorial on how exactly she makes her sugar cookies look so perfect.
First up. The icing.
Bettyann says you want to have different consistencies of icing for the different parts of your cookie. You should outline your cookie first with a thicker icing, and then fill it in with a thinner icing.
Here’s her icing recipe:
- 5 T. meringue powder
- 1 T. light corn syrup
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 cup water
- 2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
Hand-whisk the first four ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add sugar. Whisk some more. Turn mixer ON. Mix for 10 minutes on medium. Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface and store in an air-proof container.
In order to get a thinner icing consistency just add a couple drops of water at a time until you have the consistency you want.
Then color your different icings with gel food coloring.
Place into piping bags and pipe onto your cookies accordingly.
One technique Bettyann recommends is called “wet-on-wet.” That’s where you put multiple designs into the cookie before the icing dries. Then let it dry and continue piping with more icing on top of the dry icing to get a cool “3D” effect.
Let that dry and then finish the cookie off with whatever else you want. Sprinkles, glitter, edible paint. Whatever.
Try out Bettyann’s way decorating a sugar cookie and go impress all your friends!
You can use any sugar cookie recipe but here is the one Bettyann uses:
- 6 cups flour
- 3 t. baking powder
- 1 t. salt
- 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 t. vanilla
Cream butter and sugar (best if you have a stand mixer) until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture. Mix well.
Chill for about 20 minutes.
Roll dough out on floured board. Cut into shapes. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
Cool on racks.
For more information on Betty Sweets, check out her Facebook page here.
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