What you’ll need for the sugar cookie necktie
Sugar cookie dough
Tie-shaped gift box
Royal icing and coloring
Pastry bags, squeeze bottles and decorating tips
1 1/4- x 8-inch strip of card stock
Prepare sugar cookie dough
2-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup room-temperature unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 room-temperature large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well with wire whisk. With an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until light and fluffy. Beat in flour mixture until smooth.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator one hour or overnight
Roll to one-quarter inch thickness, using flour as needed to prevent sticking.
Prepare your necktie template
Cut out your sugar cookie
Place your rolled-out cookie dough on your cookie sheet. Place a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat under your dough.
Using a thin knife, trim around your template, cutting out your tie.
Remove the excess cookie around your shape.
Bake your cookie:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Before you bake your sugar cookies, use a long spatula to space them evenly on your cookie sheet. This will help them bake evenly and not spread into each other.
Baking times will vary from oven to oven.
These were baked for 9-1/2 minutes, but I began checking them at 8 minutes.
You want the edges to be just turning brown.
*This is a BIG cookie. If it is too soft, it won’t hold up to the royal icing.