How to Make Simple LDS Sister Missionary Decorated Cookies

Cookie decorating tutorial - Sister Missionary cookies

Oh goodness. I made the mistake of going outside today. 

I just opened the door and walked outside like I lived on some kind of hospitable planet. I didn't have ANY of the right equipment. I made it a good 2 1/2 seconds before I realized my colossal error in not wearing appropriate climate protection on my feet to combat the ever-loving heat rays of death coming straight from the sun. (Like I couldn't have taken the millisecond necessary to reach my foot that extra inch for some flip-flops??!) I actually wouldn't be surprised if I'm shorter tomorrow. I think I melted a little bit.

I think there must be some kind of quantum age-temperature inverse correlation thing going on though because my kids spent all AFTERNOON outside...NOT in the shade...and they didn't melt at all. I mean, there was giggling and running and actual the exact same moment I was making my treacherous journey from the door to the garbage can. It's a confusing world we live in friends.

There's no need to complicate it further. I always hate posting simple cookies, because I feel like they aren't worth a post. (That sounds so judgemental. I promise I'm not a cookie jerk.) But I've decided to just start posting them anyway. I'm going to give them the love they deserve. Starting with these LDS Sister Missionary bust cookies. Any cookie that can be made in only 3 steps is a winner in my book.

Cookie decorating tutorial -- LDS Sister Missionary cookies

1. Outline and fill the bottom portion of the cookie, leaving a giant gaping V-shape open. Let it dry for 15 minutes if you're using a bright color. If not...go right ahead and add the white icing.

2. Fill in the V-shape with white icing. Add a tiny little black square name tag on the right. Use a toothpick or scriber to straighten up any sides that might be wonky. (What?! You don't get wonky sides when piping tiny squares?! I bet you like being outside in the hot summer sun, too.)

3. Use a rose tip -- like a #103 -- and thick icing to make ruffles where the cardigan and shirt meet. Easy peasy. The end.

See it in action.


Grab the cutter HERE

See how to make EASY LDS ELDER MISSIONARY cookies or the LITTLE MAN MISSIONARY cookies.

How to Make Easy Decorated Cloud Cookies

Cookie decorating tutorial -- easy cloud cookies.

I almost cleaned my kitchen last week. For real. It very nearly happened. I got out the mop and everything...but I never made it past the pantry. A few shopping trips worth of canned food that I had saved to "put away later" stopped pretty much stole all my motivation.

Seriously though, is there a person on the planet that still has energy to put away their groceries once they've driven to the store...walked around it 7 times because you keep forgetting everything and your list is entirely UNorganized...and you have to lift all that food onto the counter and then back into your cart...and then you had to find a bathroom because *someone* can't make it through the 4 1/2 minute drive home...and then when you finally make it back home, you have to carry all those bags of groceries inside and up some stairs while dodging children who apparently can't even carry themselves up those stairs after all that grocery store walking. I always try to carry all the bags inside at the same time. I'll load my arms up with like 7 bags and then clench my hands together so they don't fall off. I'm sure it's super productive because I almost always trip on one of those stair-lying children and very nearly send all the groceries back to the bottom of the stairs again. (Look - I think it's pretty clear that I don't always make the "smart" choices or the "choices that sane people make".) Gah. By that point, I've got just enough energy to put away the food that has to go in the fridge and freezer and then lie down on the couch with the ice cream. You know, because I underestimated the amount of space I have in my freezer. And I'm not about to let that ice cream go to waste.

So I save my canned goods for later. And then never put them away because I can't stand trying to make one can balance on top of another. WHAT HAPPENED TO CANS THAT NESTLE INSIDE EACH OTHER??!!! I swear I used to live in a world where the top of the can was just slightly wider than the bottom of the can so that two cans could stand on top of each other without the fear that one of them would topple over in the middle of the night, terrifying me and my children and pretty well convincing me that we never ever need mandarin oranges in our lives ever again. Who decided to do away with that very brilliant and completely functional design?! Because I would like them to come organize my pantry. It's clearly not going to organize itself. And I'm not going to do it. I value my life. And my toes. And also my time. If we're being perfectly honest...I'd rather be making cookies.

Like these cloud cookies. It's a new cutter that Ann Clark Cookie Cutters sent me. And I've got to admit...I like it more than I thought I would. Poor clouds. They are always the enemy. I've decided to fight for them. They will be my project design. I'll hang out with them and show them that life can be better. And basically force cloud cookies into every set I make this fall. Come on...everyone likes an underdog, right? Make some with me. They are super easy.

Cookie decorating tutorial -- simple cloud cookies

1. Outline and flood the entire cookie white. Let the icing dry overnight.
2. Put some blue food color and purple food color on a paint palette or plate. (I used royal blue and regal purple.) Grab a wide brush and get it wet. Pick up some of the food color with the damp brush. Tap on a paper towel if the brush is too wet. It should be damp but not dripping. Tap it around the edges of the cloud. Then dry the brush completely and continue tapping around the edge of the cookie to blend the food coloring towards the center.
3. Pipe a loopy outline with thick blue food coloring and a #1.5 tip. I like to add some extra curves to the bottom of the cloud, but it's your cookie. You can do whatever you like with it. Draw a dotted line inside each of the piped curves with a blue food color marker.

See it in action here.


Grab the cloud cutter HERE

How to Make Decorated Centerpiece Cookies and a STENCIBELLE Stencils Giveaway!!!

How to make decorated lemonade sugar cookies -- tutorial

I love clever. Like, even if it's WAY past bedtime and I just want my kids to finish putting their pajamas on and stop jumping around the house like dinosaurs (Because for some reason they are convinced that dinosaurs jumped?! What kind of school are they even going to?!) and brush their teeth FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD and just go to bed before I lose my ever loving mind...if they get all clever and start reasoning through the pros and cons of a late night snack...I'll totally give in. Every time.

I like when people use their brains. And even more, I love when that use of said brain results in a brilliant surprise. Like the Stencibelle stencils.

When I first saw the STENCIBELLE line of stencils, I knew the world of stencils had changed forever. Have you guys seen her EDGE STENCILS??!! I seriously cannot wrap my brain around how clever these are. And I simply could not pick a favorite. They just make so much sense! Like this grass and clouds stencil or seaweed and waves! It completely changes the way I think about stencils...and I LOVE THAT!!! So when Belle offered to send me some stencils, you know I jumped on that chance!

She also has a bunch of great "normal" stencils too! And even better...she is CONSTANTLY using them in surprising ways. If you don't follow STENCIBELLE ON should!! Her videos will change the way you look at the stencils you already own! I totally fell in love with her stencils on this set and I'm already thinking about ways I can use them again! Because even though I'm madly in love with this pink lemonade set...I feel like I haven't even touched the surface of what these stencils are capable of! Want to see how I used the eyelet lace edge stencil to make these fun plaque cookies?

How to make decorated pink lemonade sugar cookies -- tutorial

1. Before you bake the dough, use a scalloped round cutter to create an impression. Then bake as you normally do.
2. Outline and fill both of the side spaces. Let the icing dry for 4 hours.
3. Place the eyelet lace edge stencil near the middle of the cookie and airbrush the top of both sides. Rotate the stencil 180 degrees and airbrush the bottom of both sides.
4. Grab some medium consistency white icing and a #3 tip and pipe along the scalloped impression. Fill in the center of the cookie with the same icing. Let it dry for another 4 hours.
5. Use medium consistency yellow icing and a #2 tip to outline around the scallop one more time. After 3-4 scallops, go back and make them thicker. If you wait until you've outlined the whole scalloped round, the icing won't smooth out.
6. Grab a black food color marker and draw a dotted line just inside the yellow icing. Add your message with thick icing and a #1 tip. SO many possibilities with this design! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

See it all in action here.

And on top of being clever...Belle is also super generous! She is giving away a $50 USD gift certificate to her STENCIBELLE stencil shop so YOU can fall in love with her stencils like I have!

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