I don't know about you, but when I make sugar cookies, it's always a huge mess:
Yikes! But they all came out clean:
I used a sugar cookie recipe handwritten by my mom which I found in a cookbook in our dining room. So I don't know where it's from originally! I looked up a hard icing recipe from allrecipes.com which worked out veeeery nicely!! The almond extract really made it tasty, and the consistency was perfect for spreading on my cookies! Especially when I didn't have any fancy cookie-decorating tools, and decided to use my offset spatula (that I use for my cupcakes).
Then I added some color:
Purple and yellow, and some pearl sprinkles to make her fancy!
I didn't know what to do about the faces… I'm so used to using candy bits and sprinkles for cupcake decorating! I had just purchased a nail art kit from CVS that came with a nail art brush, which is real small and thin, and since I hadn't opened it yet, it was clean enough to use on these! I dipped it in a drop of food coloring for the eyes and mouth!
Hey little guy!
Here they are on a doily:
I made some variations, like closed eyes and gold sprinkles on the handle:
I put one of my best Mrs. Potts on 2 of my fancy schmancy tea saucers for a fancy photo!
It was a lot of work, making everything from scratch, but I was so happy with the results, and they tasted delicious!!!