Mickey Emoji Sugar Cookies!

I love to bake; I have made my daughters birthday cake every year and I love to decorate cookies for the holidays. I came across this recipe and thought I would try it! What is better than a sugar cookie to decorate, but a Mickey sugar cookie! Just a tip, this recipe uses royal icing for decorating. When using royal icing your cookies must be completely cool. You must also have royal icing that is stiff and done not run or it will not dry properly. If you don’t have a Mickey cookie cutter, no problem. You can use a template you download online and use a knife to cut out the cookies. Here’s the cookie directions!


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup granulated sugar, plus 2 additional tablespoons
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved
Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
1 large egg
Royal Icing
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
1/3 cup water
Additional materials:
Mickey cookie cutter Black, yellow, and red food coloring Pastry bag Round decorating tip


1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. Put butter, granulated and confection’s sugars, vanilla seeds, and zest into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy.
3. Mix in egg. Reduce speed to low.
4. Add flour mixture in 3 batches; mix until combined.
5. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of floured parchment paper.
6. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.
7. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375˚F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
8. Remove parchment from the dough and cut out Mickey shapes. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until pale golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack to cool completely.

Make the royal icing:

1. Put confection’s sugar, meringue powder, and 1/3 cup of water into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Beat on low speed 10 minutes.
3. Set aside ½ frosting to color black and divide the remaining frosting into 3rds for white, yellow and red colors.
4. Transfer icing into pastry bags fitted with a small plain round decorating tip.
5. Decorate each Mickey cookie starting with piping an outline for the ears and then filling in the ears.
6. Pipe faces. Use Mickey emoji face template as reference.

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