With the Oscars just around the corner, there’s no better time to perfect your menu for the biggest award show of the year. And, while we suggested making these salty and savory New York style pretzels last week, no snack spread would be complete without a sweet nibble, now would it? Enter: Lauren Lowstan’s awards season metallic sugar cookies. The recipe behind these sweets is pretty simple, and all the fun comes in with the decorating! With a brush of gold there and a silver sparkle here, these cookies are sure to wow whomever you invite over for Oscar night. Scroll down to get the full recipe (and decorating tips, too)…
Awards Season Metallic Sugar Cookies
For the Sugar Cookies:
- 2 cup butter, softened
- 2 ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 2 eggs
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 6 cup flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- star cookie cutter
- oscar award statue cookie cutter
Royal icing & decorating ingredients:
For the Sugar Cookies:
1. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla for about 3 minutes, until well mixed and creamy.
2. Add the eggs and mix until incorporated.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the sugar-butter mixture, and beat just till incorporated.
5. Chill the dough for about 20 minutes. Once the dough is chilled, roll out on a lightly floured work surface until the dough is about ¼-inch thick. Cut out cookies with a star and award-shaped cookie cutter. Place your cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill in the freezer until the cookies are rock solid.
6. Once your cookies are hard, immediately bake in a 350-degree oven for about 6-10 minutes. You don’t want the cookies to turn golden at all.
7. Let cool completely.
For the Royal Icing:
1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the meringue powder and water until frothy.
2. Add in all the powdered sugar and beat with a paddle attachment until thick and fluffy, for a couple minutes. Tip: Don’t skimp on this step! The longer you beat it, the fluffier it will become. At first it may look too thin, but it will thicken up the longer you beat it. This will be for your piping and outlining. Once thick and fluffy, add a little to a piping bag fitted with a #3 or #4 piping tip (or any other small tip). Set aside.
3. Now, make the rest of your icing a tad thinner to flood your cookies by adding a couple more tablespoons of water and beating for a couple more minutes. Add in more water if need be. Add this to a large piping bag (without a tip) and set aside. Tip: Make sure to keep your royal icing covered with plastic wrap at all times. If it sits out, air will harden it.
4. Take your thicker royal icing (the first batch) and outline all of your cookies. This will create a “dam” and trap in the thinner icing.
5. Once you’re finished outlining all of your cookies, flood them with the thinner icing: Cut a small tip off the end of your piping bag and start to fill in with the icing. Once each cookie is finished, hold onto the sides of each cookie and lightly tap it down on your work surface. This helps to bring all the air bubbles to the surface of the cookie. Tip: If you see a major air bubble you can pop it with a toothpick!
6. Let your cookies harden until the royal icing is completely dry, at least 12 hours. Yes, you read that correctly… In fact, the longer the better!
7. Once your icing is nice and hard, prepare your luster paint. Add some luster dust to a very small bowl and add a couple drops of vodka in there. Stir with a paintbrush until the two become one. You want the consistency of actual paint. If it’s too thin, add more dust. If it’s too thick and clumpy, add more vodka.
8. Now for the fun part… Paint any fun design you’d like onto your cookies! Lauren stuck with stripes, dots, and random brushstrokes. After you’re finished painting and pleased with your designs, top it all off with a sprinkle of disco dust.
Pretty fancy, huh? Once you get the hang of using royal icing, decorating sugar cookies is actually quite easy. And the options are limitless, so have fun with it.
What metallic designs will you paint on your awards season cookies?
Let me know below. And thanks to Lauren Lowstan for sharing this recipe and tips!
Photos: Valorie Darling Photography for LaurenConrad.com