I am so excited to announce I partnered with Fancy Flours here in Bozeman to bring your adorable cookies and a discount code. I decided these bee cookies were just too adorable to pass up, for both Valentine's Day (bee mine - I love puns) and as spring and summer as quickly approaching. I know that a lot more people are keeping bees; there is a bee company located in downtown Bozeman. I will post the secret recipe I use for cookies below because I always get a lot of compliments on the cookies themselves. I used Fancy Flour's easy royal icing mix instead of making the icing from scratch as I normally do which cut down on bake time significantly. I also used squeeze bottles over piping bags because I find them easier to use and clean.
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You will need:
Sugar cookies - see recipe below
Royal Icing Mix (or you can make it from scratch)
Squeeze bottles or piping bags
Light corn syrup
Sprinkles - optional; some people line the outside of the cookie with sprinkles
Use the code "sul15" for 15% off orders of $10 or more.
Not valid on sale items.
The coupon code is valid 2/7/18 to 3/7/18
My secret and best sugar cookie recipe
1 & 1/2 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Ferinheight. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface about 1/4" to 1/2" (I prefer thick cookies). Cut into shapes and place the cookies about 1" apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden. All them to cool for a few minutes before moving them to a cool rack then allow to cool completely. Recipe makes about 12 3" x 4" cookies.
Wafer Paper Instructions
Wafer paper is extremely easy to use. The designs come on a piece of paper about the size of printer paper. There are multiple images on each sheet. You simply cut each out as I did, wet them with corn syrup using a paint brush, and place them on the cookie. Official and likely better instructions can be found HERE. This is my second time using wafer paper and I've learned a few things from trial and error.
A few tips and tricks:
Since I used royal icing and allowed it to completely dry I painted the cookie with corn syrup instead of the wafer paper as it is more fragile.
I watered down the corn syrup because it was a little too thick and again the wafer paper is fragile.
Do not use too much corn syrup because I flip the cookies over and place them face down so they dry as smooth as possible. The ends sort of stick up so this is the easiest way to get them to flay flat. If you get royal icing on the top of the cookie when you lay it over and it dries the wafer paper will stick to the table and rip.
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PS I will try to make a video of this process one day! :) Don't forget to check out my first vlog here. If you have any questions comment below or use the contact me form! And feel free to reach out to Fancy Flours as they are the real experts ;)
Fancy Flours was kind enough to give me the wafer paper free of charge; however, all opinions and photos are my own and I will ALWAYS be honest.