If you just read Dax and Zippa’s Great Mail Mix-Up, you probably want to make envelope sugar cookies, just like the Zickerton Bakery!
Most families already have their favorite sugar cookie recipe. But if you don’t, you can either buy pre-made dough or use our recipe. Skip to “Making the Cookies” if you already have a recipe.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1/2 cup Butter (100 grams)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Mix dough. Bake at 350F (180C) degrees for 6-8 minutes.
Making the Cookies
Start by washing your hands. Trust me, you’ll want to.
Prepare the sugar cookie dough according to your recipe and heat up the oven.
Form the dough into rectangle cookies instead of making circular ones. I like cookies that are twice as long as they are tall. You can roll the dough out and use a rectangle cookie cutter, but it’s just as fun to form the dough with your hands. I put a big spoon of dough on the cookie sheet and then squish it into a rectangle with my hands. (I told you you’d want clean hands!) Just make sure the cookies are all the same thickness because that helps them cook better.
Bake the cookies according to the recipe and let them cool. This is a good time to trick your brother or sister into doing the dishes.
Decorating the Cookies
Prepare the frosting. If you don’t have a good frosting recipe, don’t worry because it’s easy to make frosting with powdered sugar.
1. Put one cup of Powdered Sugar in a bowl.
2. Add water VERY slowly. (I mean very slowly. I usually turn the kitchen faucet on so it is dripping and then hold the bowl under the faucet).
3. As you add water, keep stirring until you have a nice, thick frosting. If the frosting is too thick you won’t be able to squeeze it. If it’s too thin you can always add more powdered sugar to make it thicker.
Add color to the frosting (optional). If you want colored frosting, add a few drops of food coloring and stir it in. Just be careful since food coloring can stain your clothes. Dax’s favorite color is blue, but any color will work.
Put the frosting in a zip-lock bag with a spoon. Squeeze any air out of the bag and zip it back up.
Cut a tiny corner off the bottom of the bag. You’ll be squeezing frosting out of this hole. The smaller you make it, the more precise you can draw with your frosting.
Decorate the cookies. This is where you can let your creativity shine! There’s no right or wrong way to draw an envelope so feel free to try anything. Squeeze the frosting out of the bag onto the cookies.
There are two basic envelope designs you can follow. The first is to make the back of the envelope. Squeeze frosting in a big rectangle around the edge of the cookie. Then draw a triangle for the flap of the envelope.
You can also decorate the cookies like the front of an envelope. The middle of the envelope is where you write the name of the person you are mailing it to. In the middle of your cookie, write someone’s name or make squiggly lines that look like writing. In the upper right corner, design your own stamp. Stamps are often square, but you can make any designs you want.
Hope you enjoy!