My Mom is pretty Rock n’ Roll so these tattoo cookies are perfect for her. Growing up, most of my friends’ moms were into pink fluffy stuff. My house was rocking to Ziggy Stardust and the Who. So here is to my Mom. Rock on! Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Tattoo Cookies
 

makes 8 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 10 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:

To shape those cookies, I first sketched what I wanted them to look like, using a large heart cookie cutter as the base frame:

Cut out your template and set aside.

Using the same heart cutter, cut your cookies:

Place your template over the remaining dough and cut out the banner parts that extend out on each side of the cookies:

Place those pieces on the sides of each cookie and bake for 13 minutes:

To decorate, start by outlining the banner with black royal icing. I used a #1 tip:

Let the lines set completely and then flood with white icing:

Finally the red parts (can you tell I was up late?):

Let the icing completely before adding the last details. I let mine dry overnight to be safe.

Using a black food coloring pen, write “MOM” is your best tattoo-esque font and add little details to the corners and edges of the banner. Here are the different steps:

You’re done!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!