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Super Mario Sugar Cookies



This weekend we were off celebrating our friends son’s third birthday, which had an amazing Super Mario Brother’s theme. I’ve been making a lot of sugar cookies lately, and I knew as soon I hear the theme that I would be working on these bad boys.
The hardest part of making these cookies was figuring out how to cut them without cookie cutters. Bending sharp pieces of flashing into place was totally out, so instead I sketched out each cookie on three pieces of paper, then I layered them together sealing them with tape to create a stencil that I could easily cut out with an xacto knife.
They’re made with a simple sugar cookie recipe that I’ve been carrying around for ever, along with a delicious icing recipe I found online. After baking and cooling we painted the cookies with icing tinted with gel food coloring and flavored with vanilla.  Cooling and setting the cookies in the fridge over night is a total must.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Ingredients:1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for rolling         and cutting

Directions: Cream butter with sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
Add egg and beat well to combine. Mix in Vanilla. With mixer on a slow speed add flour and mix until dough just holds together. Space cookies 2 inches apart parchment paper, bake until barely golden around the edges 7-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet.

Icing
Ingredients: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-4 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Directions: Mix together ingredients in a large bowl, divide the white icing into paper cups for each color needed. Tint icing with gel food coloring.

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