I made these cookies for my mom's school. It's Be Drug Free week for the students and they asked me to make 275 frosted sugar cookies for the event. The school mascot is a timber wolf, so they went with a paw print theme. This is my first time creating cookies for an order that large. I basically spent all weekend piping and flooding, calling in recruits (my wonderful mom) on Sunday to help me finish. It was actually really fun to create cookies at such a large scale.
Sugar Cookies makes about 24 large cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 stick margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
Mix together the shortening, margaring, and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add in vanilla. Mix in baking powder and flour. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Lightly flour a cutting board. Roll and cut out dough into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes for larger cookies. Allow to cool and decorate as desired.
2 pounds powdered sugar (about 8 cups)
10-12 tablespoons water
6 tablespoons meringue powder
2 tablespoons flavoring such as vanilla if desired
Put the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a bowl. With the whisk attachment of the mixer, gently start mixing the frosting. Mix on low to medium speed for 7 minutes. The frosting will look a little funky for a bit, but at the end of the 7 minutes, it will come together as a smooth icing. The icing will be fairly thick at this point. Add food coloring if desired. The black food coloring takes some time to mix in and become the correct color. Gradually thin the icing one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.