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Ladybug Cookies

My previous recipe for rolled sugar cookies uses baking powder so it tends to puff up and spoil the lines of your cookies, especially if you have a more detailed design. For this ladybug cookie design, which has slightly more details, I have used another sugar cookie recipe which does not call for baking powder and will give us a flatter surface to decorate the cookies. Some people prefer the texture of rolled sugar cookies made with baking powder but my husband and I both prefer this recipe.


Making Sugar Cookies (No Baking Powder)

What You Need:

  • Three cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Whisk together flour and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extra.
  4. Combine the flour mixture and creamed butter with a mixer on lowest speed until all ingredients are combined. Make sure not to overmix.
  5. Divide dough into a few portions, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
  6. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator 20 – 30 minutes before rolling out. If you roll the dough while it is still cold, the cookies will crack along the edges and appear dry.
  7. Dust your work surface with flour and roll out 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Dip cookie cutters in flour before you press them against the rolled dough.
  9. Bake cookies for approximately 8 minutes or until its golden brown.
  10. Let the cookies cool before you decorate them.

Decorating Your Lady Bug Cookies

What You Need:

What To Do:

  1. Outline the cookies with a #2 tip as shown below. To avoid bleeding, give the outline about an hour to dry between colors.
  2. Once the outline has dried, fill the cookies.
  3. Let the cookies dry overnight once they are filled.
  4. Add the dots on the next day. You can either have uniform dots or dots in different sizes. I did mine in two different sizes.
  5. Let them sit and dry.



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