How to Make Easy Citrus Slice Decorated Cookies

How to make citrus slice decorated cookies the quick and easy way!

I forget lots of things. Like the carton of eggs in the grocery bag I left at the bottom of the stairs all day because I thought there were only pretzels in the bag.

Or the load of laundry I put in the washer 3 days ago. (Except now, I'm just pretending that I forgot about it because actually, I'm a little afraid that the laundry monsters are growing in my forgotten laundry. And as soon as I open the lid they are going to jump out and eat me. And my ice cream.) 

One time last year, I forgot that my children didn't have school on a Friday. And totally got them up and ready and half way there before my neighbor mentioned that maybe we didn't need to do that.

I forget to change my shirt after baking and before running to the grocery store.

I forget where I've parked my car. Or that I didn't even drive in the first place.

I've even forgotten about 2 dozen hand-cut baked cookies that needed decorating...for AN ENTIRE YEAR.

But I did NOT forget that I was going to show you how I made these citrus slice cookies. I just had to find the video. And I knew it would take at least 7 minutes of searching through my video file...and...well... you know, ice cream. I get distracted. Anyway, I finally found it. AND edited it. All in one day. I'm basically going to be a contender at the next Cookie Olympics now that I'm all productive and stuff.


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I've learned a lot about myself since I started decorating cookies. For one thing, I am SUPER impatient. I mean...all this time, I just thought I was regular impatient. And then I met royal icing. And it told me all about it's "required dry time" and I was like, "I don't understand the words you are saying!" And royal icing was all, "DRY-ING TAH-IME." I just kind of stared at it and it just kind of stared at me. To be perfectly honest, it was an awkward way to begin a relationship. Then I bought my royal icing a dehydrator and never looked back.

Also...I'm a smidgeon obsessive-compulsive. Not in a good way where I clean everything up and keep it all neat and stacked and color-coded in alphabetical order.  But I have a certain way of doing things that might possibly be magic. Or good luck. Or the opposite of badness and despair. So even though I have no way of proving this magic-ness, I simply cannot deviate from my system.

And that includes opening the powdered sugar bag right side up. I know it doesn't make an ounce of difference, but I physically cannot force myself to open the powdered sugar if it is upside down. And I have to clear the top edge so I don't get a cloud of white death upon piercing the bag with my scissors. Sometimes, I'm not paying attention and I spend 2 minutes tapping the powdered sugar bag on the counter and clearing what I *think* is the top edge of the bag only to realize it is the bottom of the bag. And instead of just opening it up anyway, I have to turn it over and start again. Seriously though, what kind of person would open a powdered sugar bag UPSIDE DOWN?! No kind of person I want to be friends with. That's for sure. Unless you're super nice. And then we can totally be friends. But not the kind of friends that make royal icing together, because seriously...I have issues.

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Luckily, my issues do *not* include using cutters in ways that they were not intended. Like these CHAMPAGNE GLASSES cutter from Semi Sweet. They are absolutely perfect for back-to-school scissors cookies!!!

Tutorial for quick and easy scissors decorated cookies for school!

1.  Pipe the top blade of the scissors with medium consistency gray icing and a #3 tip. Let it dry for 15 minutes, or until the icing surface is set.
2. Pipe the bottom blade of the scissors with the same icing. Use medium consistency pink icing and a #3 tip to pipe one handle and let everything dry again for 15 minutes.
3. Pipe the remaining handle with pink icing and pipe a dot for the thing that connects the two blades. Imma call it a "hinge pin" but you can call it whatever you want. Put a #1.5 tip on the gray icing and pipe detail lines on the two scissor blades.

See it in action.



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Back to School Bus Sugar Cookie Decorating Tutorial

You know when you go to the grocery store and you see your neighbor and you're all like, "Oh my gosh! How ARE YOU?! I swear we never see each other anymore except for neighborhood garbage day when we were all getting rid of our junk together. Man, we really bonded over trying to get that enormous television from the 70's- that could also have been mistaken for the wardrobe to Narnia - high enough into the air to actually get it into the dumpster! My gosh! Did you even realize that Old Man Brewster knew words like that?! Hilarious!! Also, how awesome is it that we live in the last neighborhood in America that has a neighbor-man we call 'Old Man Brewster'? I love this world! Ha ha ha ha... Ahh. It's great to see you! I've got to get going...."

And then three seconds later you turn the corner into the next aisle...and there they are again...half way down. And you have to make a decision -- pretend you don't see them and that you also suddenly forgot something in the previous aisle and spend 5 minutes reading the back of the cereal box while trying to determine if they've moved on to another aisle while simultaneously hoping they didn't ACTUALLY forget something from the cereal aisle OR you can acknowledge the awkward situation that you find yourself in over and over again as you cross paths for the rest of the store, getting only half the items on your list in the hopes that it can just be over already.

I feel like the changing of the seasons is like that. I've accepted the fact that summer is ending. I've bid it a fond farewell and I'm gearing up for fall and school and HALLOWEEN!!! But then, I turn the corner and wake up the next morning and there it is again. Summer. I mean, I like you and all, but I think I forgot to grab a box of sugar-filled breakfast cereal, you know? Bleh. Let's make some school cookies.

Back-To-School Bus Sugar Cookie Decorating Tutorial

1. Use a medium consistency light blue icing and a #2 tip to pipe some windows. Add some white dots for the center of the tires with medium consistency white icing and a #3 tip. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
2. Outline and fill the rest of the cookie with a medium consistency yellow icing.
3. Grab some medium consistency black icing and a #3 tip to pipe the black part of the tire. Don't be too concerned about making the tires perfect because we're just going to cover them up later. Use medium consistency gray icing and a #2 tip to pipe a square for a bumper and a circle for a headlight.
4. Put a #1.5 tip on the black icing and pipe the word "SCHOOL" across the side of the buss. Add horizontal lines to either side of the word to give it the illusion of being centered. Use the yellow icing to add some fenders to the tires.

  See it in action.


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