Sometimes the most simple ideas make for the best cookies. I don’t know what it is. Maybe after spending weeks piping royal icing into intricate designs and hunting for deco sugars, your brain just goes “you know what, how ’bout we keep it simple?” Today’s cookie project is one of those times. The concept popped up in my head. I had some dough in the fridge. I had leftover icing. Fast forward an hour later and the cookies were finished. Gotta love it!

Here is how to make Cool Summer Cookies:

Cool Summer Cookies
 

makes 15 cookies
Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 1½ stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • for royal icing:
  • 2lbs of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
  4. To make royal icing, mix all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer on low speed for a minute to combine. Then crank up to high speed and mix for 7 minutes.

Let’s start by making our cookies.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture:

Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined:

Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together:

Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F:

 Cut your cookies using your favorite scalloped cutter:

Take a sunglasses-shaped cutter and press it into the dough without going all the way through:

Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges of your cookies start to turn golden. The cookies will keep the sunglass outline:

To decorate, simply follow the outline with black icing and fill it in:

And add a little smirk:

Done!

Happy Summer!!!