I was playing around in the kitchen the other day, and testing out different ways to decorate sugar cookies, when I thought of making them look like pink letter boards! Truth be told, I initially rolled the pink fondant flat, then carved little slits into it, but then Daniel said they'd look better if I rolled the fondant into individual cylinder shapes instead.
I've got to admit sometimes I hate the way he's always got better ideas than me 😂 but I really do admire Daniel's mind. He ALWAYS thinks of a better way to do things, even when it's something relating to baking or crafting, which are two things that he has never been interested in.
The way that I was doing it first was so much easier - and I wouldn't be me if I didn't try to do things in the most simple way - but Daniel's way looked far better, so he stayed in the kitchen with me all day to help me roll out all the fondant I needed for the cookies. I'm not going to lie, these cookies took forever - and I pulled a muscle in my hand - but it was so worth it in the end. I loved how they came out!
Although, if I ever make these again, I'd like to add a white boarder around the edges, as all the pink letter boards that I've seen have them. My favourite thing about these cookies is that you could make them go with any occasion, just change up the phrasing to suit what you're celebrating and you're good to go!
♡ Sugar cookies
♡ Pink fondant
♡ Fondant rolling pin
♡ Royal icing in piping consistency
♡ Paper and pencil
♡ Piping bag
♡ Baking paper
1. Roll out your fondant into thin cylinder shapes, then cut them to be as long as your cookies are wide. We found it easier to roll out one long cylinder shape, then cut it into slits as wide as your cookies, so that most of the cylinders would be the same thickness.
If you're baking your sugar cookies on the same day, I would recommend starting this step as soon as you put the cookies in the oven as it is very time-consuming, with the cookie cutter that you used as a guide to how long each cylinder should be.
2. Once your cookies are done and completely cool, start placing the fondant cylinders on them. You will need to press down slightly the part of the fondant that is touching the cookies goes flat, which will prevent the cylinders from rolling off your cookies when you pick them up.
3. If you're happy free-handing your letters then go you, but if not, write down the words on a piece of paper in the size and style that you wish, making sure to leave a little more space in between each letter than you normally would.
4. Once you've written the phrases you wish to go on your letter boards, lay a sheet of baking paper on top of that paper, then fill your piping bag with royal icing and pipe over the letters.
TIP: I wrote the same things down multiple times in case I didn't pipe them correctly the first time, and this turned out to be a huge help.
5. Put the sheet of baking paper in the fridge until the royal icing sets, then very carefully peel off each letter and play them on the cookies. If your letters are thick enough, you may be able to spread a little royal icing on the back of them to ensure they stick to the fondant, but mine very thin and brittle so I didn't want to take any chances in case I snapped them.
Since this was a very spur-of-the-moment idea, I didn't have as much fondant - or time - as I would have liked. If I'd had more of both, I would have covered a lot more cookies in the fondant, and tried out more phrases, but since I had already wasted so much time doing them the way I had originally was, I was only able to do three before the lighting was completely gone. 😅
For those of you who adore felt letter boards, here's a pink letter board cake by Best Friends for Frosting, and mini letter board invitations from Handmade Charlotte that definitely deserve your attention - as do the rest of their blogs while you're there!
Until next time,