This past Sunday I hosted a baby shower for one of my lifelong friends. She is due with a little girl, Rylee, in June. I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT for this sweet baby to arrive. I would say this shower was a SUCCESS :) She got sooo many cute things. I don't think I have ever seen so many monogrammed things! Rylee will definitely know her name :)
I wanted to share some pictures with you of the decor and such, but I also wanted to share my first attempt at making "Monogrammed Onesie" cookies.
I have seen these things EVERYWHERE. They didn't look hard to make so I thought I would give it a try. I ordered the cookie cutter online from The Cookie Cutter Shop. Then I searched for the perfect recipe/design.
I have to say that without this post I would have never made it through. I took her advice on the cookie dough recipe. You can find it here. NOTE: You can't use the premade dough. It spreads and the cookies will turn out to look kind of like a... ummm...penis! (I'm just sayin')
So making the dough wasn't hard. It actually mixed pretty well and was easy to roll out... the key was DEFINITELY rolling the dough between two pieces of wax paper and then refrigerating it. When I make the cookies again I will make the cookies a little thicker. I followed the recipe to the T and took advantage of her "hint."
I made the cookies one day before the shower. I would suggest this due to time. It took me probably about 3+ hours to mix, roll, cut, bake, cool, etc.
Next came the most frustrating part. The Royal Icing. I have never used it before, heck, I didn't even know what it was! Well it's EASY breezy to make. However, finding meringue powder about drove me NUTSO! I looked at 4 different grocery stores before finally googling and seeing that Hobby Lobby carries it! WHEW. What is meringue powder you ask??? It's an egg substitute. If you were making royal icing for say a gingerbread house, and you weren't planning to eat it, you could use egg whites. But because of the risk of salmonella you have to use meringue powder for the cookies. The recipe is simple...
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons of water (I had to use more)
Note: the recipe doesn't call for flavoring, but I added some almond flavor. If you don't, it will have no taste.
Mix on low for about 7-10 minutes. The icing shouldn't be runny, but it shouldn't be thick either. Should be easy to spread on a cookie with the back of a spoon. This recipe let me ice 50 cookies AND add the monograms.
I let the icing dry for about 2 hours before I monogrammed them. I added two drops of pink dye (regular food coloring) to color the icing. Make sure to mix well. Now, I found that a lot of recipes were telling me I needed: couplers, squeeze bottles, decorating tips, pastry bags. First of all, what the crap is all that. Second, I have NONE of that. So I made do with a good ol' ziplock bag. I used the quart one. I scooped the icing into the bag, sealed it and cut a TINY hole in the corner on the bottom and squeezed all of the icing to that corner and TADA.
I had to let them dry over night. I just covered them with paper towels and the next morning... they were ready to be boxed up, taken to the shower and gobbled up! I have to say, I was pleased for my first time. And they actually tasted pretty good. But I was going for looks not taste. haha!
Here is one of my finished cookies...
Her PRECIOUS cake! Isn't it doll??
The welcome table.
The dessert table.
The beautiful mommy to be!