I used my mom's sugar cookie recipe which I think is the best recipe for sugar cookies that are going to be covered in fondant because they bake up less sweet than other recipes. That way marshmallow fondant (which is extremely sweet) doesn't make them too sugary.
I drew up a number of templates for both the dress and the suit and then when I was happy with them I photocopied them a bunch of times in case I needed to replace any torn or greasy ones. I often use templates for cookies instead of cookie cutters however there are pros and cons for doing this.
Pros: The cookies can be any shape you can imagine. Its especially useful for making cookies that look exactly like a certain dress or house or person. Plus it's 100% free and all you need is some paper and a knife to cut the cookie dough
Cons: It can be very labour intensive cutting out large batches of template cookies and unless you remember to photocopy and save a clean copy then generally they are a one-use kind of thing.
Speaking of labour intensive...
Since I had never made suit cookies before I hadn't taken into account how many more little details they require than dress cookies which are usually just one piece plus a belt or pocket. This was the shape for the little bit of the dress shirt showing. The corners get folded down...
..then finally the jacket and the lapels of the jacket. I wish I had taken more pictures of the suit cookies because this was one of the first ones I finished and I feel that the ones that followed were much much sharper looking but I was too focused on the task of finishing them in time that I didn't stop and take pictures.
I love using marshmallow fondant on sugar cookies instead of royal icing because you can create fun effects like draping or pressing different textures into it.
I also wanted to share this photo that Liza and her Daughter Chloe sent me of the beautiful butterfly cake that they made using the tutorial that I posted. Their cake turned out so well that I wanted to let other people see it too.
My Mom's Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350F
- Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it forms a dough
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes or so. This will make the dough stiff enough to roll out
- Flour the surface you are going to roll the cookies out on.. this dough is a tiny bit sticky so I usually work a bit of flour into the dough just before I roll it out.
- Roll out the dough and cut into whatever shapes you wish
- Place the shapes on a lightly greased cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes or even overnight
- Bake for 7-10 minutes until only faintly browned around the edges and golden brown underneath.
- Let cool and then decorate