As tasty as they are cute
These were a great project to get all my sisters involved with. A ton of fun and they end up looking great however the kids like to decorate them.
This recipe makes approximately 20 cookies depending on the size of the stencil used.
If, like me, you aren't lucky enough to have a hello kitty shaped cookie cutter, you'll need to resort to the same method I did. I found a picture of the iconic hello kitty head/logo online and resized it to my desired dimensions. I printed this image out and used it as a stencil for the cookies, placing it atop the flattened dough and using a butter knife to cut around it.
Preparation phase begins.
First, we preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (about 190C/375F) and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
Place your butter and sugar together into a bowl and press the sugar into the butter, mashing and stirring until you achieve a nice soft, creamed texture.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to the sugar/butter and beat the mixture until well combined.
Gradually add and stir in the flour and the mixture should come together and form your completed biscuit/cookie dough. Roll this out on a floured surface to prevent the dough sticking.
Now that the dough is rolled out, take your hello kitty picture stencil, place it atop the dough and cut around it with a butter knife. Gently slide the knife under your cookie to pry it up and place it onto your baking tray. Once on the baking tray, gently reshape with your fingers as you desire.
With all your cookies cut out and on your tray, place these in the preheated oven for roughly 10 minutes or until a pale golden brown colour. Try not to over-bake them, else they will become hard and not at all pleasant to eat. Once baked, put them aside to cool for decorating.
While the cookies are baking/cooling, mix your batch of icing sugar glaze. Incredibly simple, just gradually add water to icing sugar, mixing until you have your desired icing consistency (not too thick, not too watery). Often, vanilla essence is added to the mix for added flavour, but this is optional.
Refrigerating the mixture for a short time will make it thicken, but I do not recommend this. Instead, leaving it to sit at room temperature will allow it to thicken just fine, provided that you did not add too much water.
Ensure that the cookies have cooled completely before decorating or you'll end up with mushy, melted results. Coat the top of the cookies with the icing sugar glaze and allow this to set.
Take your black and yellow icing pens and add the iconic hello kitty face. Use the icing pen of your choosing to add the bow detail, using further garnishes like sprinkles as you please