Royal Icing for Cookie Decorating

Sweetsugarbelle Royal Icing

Cookie decorating is more than an adventure, it's a journey.  I've come a long way, and I feel like I've learned a lifetime of tips and information in just a few short years.  I've used this knowledge and experience to change and tweak some of my methods and recipes.  My royal icing is the perfect example. When I originally shared my recipe, I was working from home, decorating twenty to thirty dozen cookies a week.  The original recipe … [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Truffles with Hoosier Homemade {Guest Post}

Chocolate Strawberry Truffles.V.W

Would you believe it if I told you that I've never been attended a real cookie swap?  Sad, I know. When I got the invite for a virtual swap I jumped at the chance to attend!  Today I'll be sharing my creation over at Roxanna's Home Baking, while my friend Liz, of Hoosier Homemade keeps y'all company here. Since I pretty much stink at any sweets that aren't cookies I was super excited she brought truffles.  Enjoy! Well hello there … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Rollouts

I love my basic sugar cookie recipe for so many reasons.  It tastes great, doesn't need to be chilled, and is easy to adapt when you're in the mood for something a little different...like pumpkin spice! The addition of pumpkin flavoring and spices give my old classic a fall-friendly makeover. I tried both the LorAnn's pumpkin emulsion and Spices Ect's pumpkin pie extract. I thought the Spices Etc extract was a bit "nutmeggier" than the … [Read more...]

Patriotic Cookies With Sprinkles

Fourth of July Firecracker Cookies_SweetSugarBelle

This isn't at all a new idea.  I've been meaning to add sprinkles to my cookie dough since Naomi made funfetti sandwich cookies with vanilla frosting, but I never got around to it.  Then, not to long ago Maria and Josh made their version in red, white, and blue.  I knew then that the time had come. Its funny how much excitement sprinkles add.  I started with my basic cookie dough then added half of a cup of red, white, and blue … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Roll-Outs {Recipe}

Red Velvet Roll Out Cookies

I guess it would be kinda blasphemous as a Southern girl to admit that I don't really like red velvet cake.  In my defense, I don't really like ANY cake.  But if I were going to pick one, this one would be a little lower on my list than my mother would like. Still, I cannot deny my southern roots.  I grew up watching Steel Magnolias and have it memorized word for word.   It may very well be the infamous red velvet armadillo cake that sealed … [Read more...]

Chocolate Royal Icing

SweetSugarBelle's Chocolate Royal Icing

This recipe has been on my to-do list for a long time, but like all recipes, it was a little bit of a journey to get to where I wanted to be.  This is my story. I started out with THIS RECIPE.  It was okay, but right off the bat I noticed a few things.  First of all, the recipe was pretty vague.  Then, to make matters worse, there were zero pictures for me to refer to in the absence of good instruction.  Despite the less than helpful recipe, I … [Read more...]

The Easiest Cookies You Will Ever Make

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Short on time?  Feeling pressure to show up to the kiddos school party with something homemade?  Believe it or not, I rarely send decorated cookies to school.  More often than not, my kiddos get these.  Can you believe they're straight out of a box? That's right!  Call me lazy, but I've watched hours  of work devoured in minutes enough to learn, when it comes to kids, this is the way to go. All you need are a devil's food cake mix, butter, … [Read more...]

Fruitcake Krispie Treats

Mamaw's Date Nut Balls

Okay T minus 2 days till Christmas.  Chances are the cookies have been baked and decorated so I've decided to share another Christmas sweet, Fruitcake Krispie Treats. Technically this isn't a cookie, but it's close enough.  It's actually one of my Mamaw's BESTEST recipes and a family favorite so I'm pretty excited to share it with you! I should tell you though, in my house, we don't actually call these Fruitcake Krispie Treats.   My … [Read more...]

Brown Sugar Roll-Out Cookies {Recipe}

Country Christmas Cookies

I have always wanted to host one of those holiday cookie swap parties, but when Christmas comes around it always seems like there is never enough time for me to get something organized.  So, this year when my friend Julie told me about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap I was very excited to sign up. I received three names and  sent one dozen cookies to each person.  In return, I received three different boxes of cookies myself.  Not only was … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Playdough

Gingerbread Playdough wrapped and ready

Looking for a rainy day project, or a way to bake with the kids minus a blazing hot oven?  If you answered yes, then I think you'll love my latest project. For the past week, this house has been play-dough central.  But, we're not making just ANY old play-dough.  We're making GINGERBREAD PLAY-DOUGH! I've had homemade play-dough on my to-do list for a very long time, but I was thinking more along the lines of a fruity scent.  Then one day, … [Read more...]