May 21, 2019

Wedding Cookies: State Shaped Cookies with a Heart for a Wedding!

State cookies are so fun!  These were originally going to go in "out of town" visitors gift bags.  (You know, the ones you make and leave at the hotels the guests are staying at, to be given when they check in.) But it was decided not to do gift bags since all the out of state guests had already visited a few times in the past and know the area, and would be using the family home as a 'home base' to hang out at anyway.  So the cookies were brought to the reception venue to add to the dessert table.  What a hit!  Lots of compliments.

The main and most important thing for state cookies is of course, the cookie cutters!  You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe - assuming you have one with little or no leavening agents to make them too puffy.  A shortbread works great too.

This recipe is one I've posted in the past; made for many cookies over the years.  Make the cookies and let them cool completely.  Then use a royal icing made somewhat stiff to outline the cookies.  Add a bit of water to the icing (by the half teaspoon, mix and test) to 'fill' the cookies between the outline.  Let dry 24 hours before mixing up more icing and coloring it red with a paste or gel based food color, and pipe tiny hearts on the city/cities of your choice.  For a wedding where the couple are from two different states, use two different cookies and serve them together.  (Link to a red gel based color here: Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color)


3/4 c sugar
6 T butter
1/3 c shortening
1 large egg
1 T milk
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
Dash of salt

Cream the sugar, butter and shortening. Add the egg, milk and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt then mix just to blend. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. Roll about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for approximately 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cool.  Decorate.

Royal Icing

4 c confectioners' sugar
3 large egg whites
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/2 t vanilla
1 T water

Beat 6 minutes on high
(Add more or less water depending on stiff it is and how stiff you want it).  Start with a stiffer 'outline' and add a half teaspoon of water at a time to get a fill consistency.  Let dry 24 hours to harden before adding a red heart or other decorations.

Use your favorite dough.

Cut your states.  They spread less if you can put the baking sheet into the freezer for 5-10 minutes before baking.  I freeze one pan while another is baking, and cutting a third.  I just keep rotating.

Let cool completely before icing.

First do an outline, then fill. Let the icing harden before adding any decorations like hearts.

The next day, ready for little hearts!

Deep red is best achieved with gel or paste color, not liquid drops.

Dot and pull, dot and pull, makes a little heart.

Let dry before stacking, packaging or layering.

I've included links for Texas, California and Tennessee below, but you can start your search for any state here on Amazon:  State cookie cutters

Texas State 3.5" Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated SteelCalifornia State Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated Steel
State of Tennessee Cookie Cutter - 4 Inch - Ann Clark - US Tin Plated Steel

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