I have to admit, the process of making sugar cookies is a little time consuming, what with all of the rolling, cutting, baking, waiting, decorating and the like, but I personally find said process therapeutic. Broken up over the course of two or three days is always the way to do it, and when the results are as cute as these donut cookies I’m confident that it’s well worth the effort. They’re the perfect little treat to serve at a baby shower, birthday party, or (in my case) a random weekday with no real plans to speak of (this is a no judgement zone).
Food colouring of your choice (I used pink and purple)
FOR THE SUGAR COOKIES
Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and stir until combined. Toss in flour and salt and stir until just incorporated. Form one large ball with your dough, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least an hour (or overnight).
Once chilled, preheat your oven to 325° F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough and cut into desired shape (I used a drinking glass and a shotglass for the donut hole). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Let cool completely before removing from tray.
FOR THE ROYAL ICING
Mix together the sugar, milk, corn syrup and almond extract.
Split your icing into three even parts. Add red food colouring to one part to achieve the pink royal icing. Add red and blue food coloring to the second part to achieve the purple royal icing and keep the third part white. Transfer each colour to piping bags and begin to decorate your cookies.
First, you need to ensure your cookies are completely cooled or you'll have a runny mess. Begin by carefully piping the outline of your "donut icing" and then flood the centre. Let sit for a minute, and then add sprinkles
The key is to make sure your icing is the right consistency. If you find that the icing is too thick, add a little more milk (a drop at a time). If the icing is too runny, add more sugar until desired consistency is reached (note: it should be about this consistency for perfect piping and flooding)
Let set completely and enjoy!
Cookies will store for up to 3 weeks
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