Baby Boy Shower Cookie
How to Make Baby Shower Cookies
Baby showers are a great opportunity to bake some cookies for your guests. You can easily turn a batch of basic cookies into gender reveal cookies by adding colored sprinkles inside after you bake them. Once you have your cookies made, you can decorate them to your heart's content!
Sugar Cookie Dough
2 cups (200 g) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (145 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (225 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pink or blue sprinkles (for gender reveal cookies)
Makes 15 gender reveal cookies or 50 single cookies
4 cups (500 g) powdered sugar
2 tablespoons (14 g) meringue powder
6 tablespoons (90 mL) water
Gel-based food coloring
Making the Dough
Decide if you want to make basic or gender reveal cookies.Both types of cookies are baked and decorated in the same way. Gender reveal cookies are 3 cookies thick and filled with colored sprinkles. When you crack them open, the color of the sprinkles will reveal the baby's gender!
- Basic cookies are simple, single-layer sugar cookies decorated with royal icing.
- This recipe will yield 50 basic 2-inch (5.1-cm) sugar cookies, or 15 gender reveal cookies.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder.Pour the all-purpose flour into a large bowl. Add the salt and baking powder, then stir everything together with a whisk, spoon, or rubber spatula.
Beat the butter, then add the sugar.Place the butter into a mixer or food processor fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat it on medium speed for 1 minute or until it turns smooth. Add the sugar and beat it for another 2 minutes until it turns pale and airy.
Beat the eggs and vanilla into the butter mixture.Add 1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk into the butter mixture. Beat it for 1 to 2 minutes, then mix in the vanilla extract.
Mix in the flour mixture on low speed until the dough comes together.Reduce the speed to low, then add the flour mixture a little bit at a time. Beat the dough until the flour mixture is blended in and everything comes together. Do not overwork the dough.
Divide the dough into 2 disks, wrap them in plastic, and chill them for 2 hours.Turn the dough out onto a flat surface and cut it in half. Pat each half into a thick disk shape. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Place both disks into the fridge, and leave them there for 2 hours.
- Chilled cookie dough is the key to helping the cookies maintain their shape during baking.
Cutting and Baking the Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C).Cover 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. You will need 1 baking sheet for gender reveal cookies and 2 baking sheets for basic cookies.
Roll the dough out to inch (0.64 cm) thick.For best results, roll the rough out between 2 sheets of wax paper. Work with just 1 disk for now. You will repeat the entire rolling, cutting, and baking process for the second disk.
Cut the cookies out using baby-themed cookie cutters.Use a 2-inch (5.1-cm) cookie cutter for basic cookies, and a 3 to 4-inch (7.6 to 10-cm) cookie cutter for gender reveal cookies. Peel the excess dough away, ball it up, and roll it out to cut more cookies.
- Great baby-themed shaped include: rubber duckies, onesies, bottles, baby faces, and rattles.
Cut holes out of 1/3 of the cookies for gender reveal cookies.Divide your cookies into 3 equal groups. Use a 1 to 2-inch (2.5 to 5.1-cm) cookie cutter to cut a hole out of the center of each cookie in the first group. Do not cut holes out of the other 2 cookie groups.
- Round, square, or rectangular cookie cutters work the best for this. You can also cut the shapes out with a knife. Theymustbe smaller than the actual cookie.
- Add the cut-out cookie dough to your pile of scraps to make more cookies.
- Skip this step if you are making basic cookies instead of gender reveal cookies.
Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes.Halfway through baking, rotate the sheet; this will ensure that they bake evenly. The cookies are done when they feel firm. It's okay if they turn a pale golden color around the edges, but don't let them brown too much.
Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire cooling rack. As your first batch of cookies is cooling, you can make the other ones.
- Remember to keep track of your gender reveal cookies. You need 2 whole cookies for every 1 cut-out cookie.
Assembling Gender Reveal Cookies
Prepare a batch of royal icing.Place the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water into a mixer or food processor fitted with a whisk attachment. Blend the ingredients together for 7 to 10 minutes on a low speed setting. The icing should be thick enough to pipe out and maintain its shape.
- to continue if you are making basic sugar cookies instead of gender reveal cookies.
- This recipe should be enough to cover 50 basic cookies or 15 gender reveal cookies.
Transfer some of your icing into a piping bag.Scoop some plain white icing into a piping bag, then cut the tip off. Cover the rest of the icing with damp paper towels and plastic wrap to keep it damp.
- Don't use all of your icing for this step; you need the rest for decorating the cookies!
Arrange your cookies into 3 groups.Each group needs to have the same amount of cookies in it. The top and bottom groups need to have the whole cookies. The middle group needs to have the cookies with the holes cut into them.
Outline the cut-out cookies and place them on top of the whole cookies.Take a cookie with a hole cut from the center. Outline the cookie and the hole with royal icing. Place the cookie icing-side-down on top of a whole cookie. Make sure that the edges of both cookies match up.
Fill the holes with sprinkles that match the baby's gender.Use pink sprinkles for girls and blue sprinkles for boys. How many sprinkles you use depends on the size of the hole and the thickness of the cookie. The hole should be completely filled.
- Don't over-fill the hole, or you don't be able to close the cookie.
Outline the middle cookies and cover them with the top cookies.Outline the middle cookies with more royal icing first, including the cut-out holes. Cover them immediately with the top group of cookies. Again, make sure that the edges match up.
Decorating the Cookies
Have a batch of royal icing ready.If you have not already, mix all of the icing ingredients together in a mixer on low speed for 7 to 10 minutes. Make the icing thick for now; you will be thinning it out later.
- You can use this technique to decorate any cookie shape you desire.
Divide and color the icing, if desired.Decide how many colors of icing you will need for the cookies, then divide the icing into bowls accordingly; you want 1 bowl per color. Stir gel-based food coloring into each bowl unto you get the color you want.
- Keep the colors neutral for gender reveal cookies. Great choices include: white, yellow, green, and purple.
Transfer the royal icing into a piping bag.Insert a large, round piping tip into a piping bag. Set the bag point-first into a tall cup. Choose a color for the background of your cookie, then fill the bag with a quarter or third of the icing. Snip the tip off, and push the piping tip further down so that it sticks out.
- You aren't using all of the icing yet because you are only outlining the cookies. You'll need more icing for the filling.
- Cover the rest of your icing with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap.
Outline the cookies, then let the icing set.Hold the piping tip about inch (1.3 cm) away from the cookies. Rotate the cookies as you pipe the icing around the edge. Do not fill the cookies yet. Once you have the cookies outlined, wait a few minutes for the icing to set up and dry.
Thin the icing with water, then fill the outlines.Add a few drops of water into the rest of your icing until becomes thin enough to drizzle. Transfer the icing into a new piping bag or a plastic squeeze bottle. Squeeze the icing into the outlined cookies, then use a toothpick to help blend the icing together.
Let the icing set for 2 to 3 hours, then decorate the cookies.Let your cookies set up and dry for 2 to 3 hours. Transfer the rest of the colored icing into piping bags like before. Pipe the icing onto your cookies to create designs. Do not thin this icing out, or the designs won't hold.
- If you made onesies, outline them in a contrasting color, then add polka dots.
- If you made baby-shapes, give them cute face and a lock of hair.
- If you made rubber duckies, use more yellow icing to draw the wings. Make the eyes black or blue, and the beaks red or orange.
Store the cookies in an airtight container until you are ready to eat them.They will last for about 5 days at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months.
- If you are making gender reveal cookies for boy and girl twins, use a combination of pink and blue sprinkles.
- Sugar sprinkles work the best, but you can use other types too!
- You can turn basic cookies into lollipops, simply add the lollipop sticks before you tuck them into the oven.
- You can use your own recipe for royal icing. If your recipe contains raw egg, however, store it in the fridge when you are not working with it.
- You can store the cookies at room temperature for 1 week. You can freeze them for 2 months.
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