Friday, November 9, 2012

Sugar Bug Recipe

Here's how to make cookie bugs from our "Sugar Bugs!" post.......

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt                                            
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract                              
  • 1 large egg
Royal Icing:

  •      1 egg white
  •      confectioner's sugar
  •      food color
Decorating items:

  •      thin pretzel sticks
  •      raisins, currents and/or dried cherries
  •      red hots
  •      icing eyes
  •      roasted peanuts
  •      candy
  •      chocolate chips
  •      sprinkles
  •      wooden skewer
  •      squirt bottles for icing (optional)

1.  Whisk flour and salt together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).

2.  Beat in almond extract and then egg. Scrape bowl.

3. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and blend on low speed. Gradually add remaining flour until combined.

4. Shape into 2 balls and refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, for at least 2 hours.

5. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment and form bugs into 2"-3" ovals or balls, 1" thick. Decorate with items such as red hots, peanuts, raisins or chocolate chips.

6. Bake 15 minutes. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, poke holes with a wooden skewer to insert pretzels or candy strips.

7. When cool, complete decorations with candy eyes and other features attached with royal icing. Mix your own recipe, or use this one if you don't mind raw egg white:

To make a small amount of royal icing, beat one large egg white until foamy and slightly thickened. Add confectioner's sugar 1/2 cup at a time until icing is the consistency desired. Use thick icing to attach eyes and candy, thinner icing in a squirt bottle to draw stripes, etc. Tint with food color.

These sugar bugs just came out of the oven with decorations that can be baked - red hots and chocolate chips for spots and roasted peanut wings.

When children are decorating with royal icing it's a good idea to fill plastic squirt bottles for easiest handling. Here, baked bugs are getting detailed with green icing and other items (candy and pretzels) that must be applied after baking.

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  1. Oh my, how adorable! I will definitely have to make these with my son :) Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs to you!

  2. These are adorable! I had to laugh though because the hygienists at our pediatric dentist's office always tell the kids they're cleaning their teeth to get the "sugar bugs" off them. My kids would LOVE to eat cookies called "sugar bugs"! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  3. My kids would love these! And I think I would too, ha ha. Thanks for sharing, J! x