Shaped Cookie Cutters or Circle/Square Cutters.
Cream together the sugar and butter.Add the egg and vanilla essence and continue to mix.Gradually add the baking powder and sieved flour and mix until a firm ball is formed. You may need to take it out of an electric mixer to finish this step.Roll it out onto a floured surface and using cookie cutters, cut your desired shapes.Lay on baking trays and bake in the oven at 170 degrees c for approx 15 minutes.Leave on the baking tray to cool slightly before moving to cooling racks.Once cooled completely make up your icing to a hard peak consistency and pipe a border around the edges of each cookie.Using the left over icing divide into dishes and colour as you wish. Gradually add a few drops of water at a time until you end up with a thick syrup like liquid. Decant this into a squeezy bottle ( i bought mine in a kitchen shop and it was labelled as a ketchup bottle) and fill in each of the sections, this is called ‘flooding’. Push it gently if necessary towards the edge so it fills all of the gap.Leave to harden and then pop in a tin or canister, add a pretty homemade label and some ribbon and you have a cheap but effective gift. (stamp is from Waltzing Mouse and you should see this months release! Ideal for Halloween cookies!)