Welcome to beach cookies – aka, my start at cookie decorating! I saw a tutorial from SweetAmbs and had to try my hand at cookie decorating. My brother loves to surf, so when his birthday came around, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try these babies out.
It was definitely a labor of love, but they were a success! My entire family LOVED these cookies, and my brother was especially appreciative of my efforts. They were amazed at how awesome they looked and even my dad (who is brutally honest about his reviews, solicited or not) loved them! Most importantly, everyone agreed that these cookies tasted great too! There’s little worse than beauty on the outside and not on the inside…
Beach Cookies: What I Used
I’m not the biggest fan of sugar cookies, so I used this shortbread cookie recipe from Joy of Baking. These cookies can be quite delicate, but that’s only because they’re so deliciously buttery. They’re lightly sweetened, so they bring balance to the overall result.
For decorating these beach cookies, I used royal icing made with Wilton’s meringue powder and colored it using colored gel paste. You’ll also need a scriber needle like this one, small piping bags and the piping tips #1 and #2 (I used Wilton brand).
Beach Cookies: The Presentation
Displaying these beach cookies was super simple, affordable and cute! I just put brown sugar on a platter! An alternative would be using ground up graham crackers or Nilla Wafers, but that costs more and requires an extra step. Believe me… these beach cookies may be fun to make but you’ll definitely appreciate being able to save yourself even one step.
I encourage you all to either try these beach cookies out or cookie decorating in general. It’s a fun challenge that your entire family (and your tummy) will enjoy!