Lucia and I are members of the Mercer Island Preschool Association. It is the only PTA for preschools in the nation and it is awesome. MIPA has been around 1937 and I am so honored to be a member of such a long-standing and unique organization. MIPA holds an annual Halloween party for preschool aged children and during that party, they have a bake sale. When I saw the sign-up sheet for the bake sale at a meeting a few months ago, I knew I needed to be on that list! Our task was to make 2 dozen treats in individual packaging. How fun! I had a great time making these festive sugar cookies and packing them up for the event. Here are my tips!
If you are local and have young kids, join us tomorrow at the Mercer Island Community Center! More information can be found on the MIPA website by clicking here.
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar 2 1/2 cups of flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste (extract will work if you don't have paste) 1 teaspoon of cream of tarter 1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the butter and powdered sugar together in your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix until butter is pale and fluffy. Add the flour, vanilla, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Mix for 1 minute and then add egg. Mix until well combined. Place the dough in a ziplock bag (or wrap with plastic wrap) and refrigerate for an hour. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured board. Use cookie cutters to make cookie shapes and re-use scraps. Bake cookies on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet for 6-8 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Let cool on a rack completely before icing.
3 egg whites
4 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
Beat the egg whites until foamy with the whisk attachment on your stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar and mix on slow until blended. Make sure to scrape down the sides. Add water to thin the icing or more powdered sugar to thicken.
I almost added a "BOO" to the ghosts but Alex told me to keep it simple. You can also see a sneak peek of part of his birthday cake in the corner
Once you have decided what colors you want for your icing, put each color in a piping bag. Outline the shape of the design you want and then go back and fill in with more icing.
Use the tip of the bag to spread the icing and fill the space. If you want to add a design on top of a color (like the face on the ghost or pumpkin, or the eyes on the bat, make sure the first layer has completely dried or else the colors will run.
To add the sprinkles to the bat, first pipe one wing and quickly add the sprinkles. Repeat on the second wing. Once the wings have set, about 15 minutes, brush off the excess sprinkles and pipe in the rest of the body.
for a bake sale
You will need:
baker's twine in festive colors
Place each cookie in an individual cellophane bag. Tie a piece of festive baker's twine around the top.