For a special birthday boy, Astronaut & Outer Space Sugar Cookies are exactly what we need for a birthday party that is out of this world! Flavored with natural birthday cake artisan flavor, these tender sugar cookies capture the flavor of festive yellow birthday cake - rich in vanilla flavor and full of fun! Frosted and decorated with an Easy Royal Icing, these sweet cookies will remind you of your childhood!
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO MAKING PERFECT SUGAR COOKIES?
To ensure the wonderfully soft sugar cookies of your dreams, you want to roll the dough about ¼-inch thick. This may seem too thick when you are rolling and cutting, but it’s absolutely key if you want perfect sugar cookies for munching and decorating!
If you’ve found your cut-out sugar cookies lose their shape in the past, it could have been due to a few factors (too much butter in the recipe, dough too warm, dough not rolled thick enough, etc.), but I can tell you that this recipe yields absolutely beautiful edges that do not spread if you take care to roll to the appropriate thickness (if rolled too thin then they can spread) and chill the cut-out dough before baking.
EASY SUGAR COOKIE TIPS & TRICKS:
WHAT ARE THE SECRET TIPS & TRICKS FOR DECORATING WITH ROYAL ICING?
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF ARTISAN FLAVORS?
If you've never used artisan flavors before, you need to know that a little goes a long way! Used by artisan candy makers, bakers, chocolatiers, ice cream makers and chefs, these extra-strong flavors perform exceptional in high-heat applications such as candy making and baking, but are also ideal in frostings, fillings, glazes, fudge, ice cream, and even candied popcorn.
For this recipe, I recommend and use both Amoretti Birthday Cake Artisan Flavor and Lorann Super Strength Cake Batter Flavor.
CREAM CHEESE SUGAR COOKIES:
3 cups + 2 Tablespoons (390g) all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
4 ounces block cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cake batter flavor artisan flavor (LorAnn or Amoretti)
FROSTING: (for Bakery Frosting see SnowflakesandCoffeecakes.com)
EASY ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 Tablespoon corn syrup (Karo)
2 Tablespoons flavoring (I use clear vanilla)
8-10+ Tablespoons water (room temperature)
AmeriColor Soft Gel Food Coloring (strongly recommended!)
FOR DECORATING: Royal Icing, Sprinkles, Dragees and Sparkling Sugar (optional)
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes about 36 (three-inch) cookies
NOTES: These cookies will stay fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Plain baked cookies freeze well up to 1 month. Thaw overnight UNOPENED on your kitchen countertop before decorating.
FOR PARTIES: I package cookies individually in self-sealing clear cellophane cello bags (Pack It Chic are my favorite brand). Make sure cookies are completely dry after decorating before packaging. To make ahead, place individually wrapped and sealed cookies in a larger airtight container and freeze. Thaw on your countertop before serving - do not thaw in refrigerator (you are trying to minimize moisture during defrosting, which can cause your frosting designs to run or bleed).
TO KEEP THESE COOKIES SOFT: These cookies will stay soft and fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; published October 2021.
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