rainy day cookies

Rainy day cloud cookies a perfect bake for little hands on a rainy April day.

Rainy day cloud cookies, these adorable little cloud shaped cookies are the perfect rain day treat for little sticky fingers. Whilst were all stuck in waiting for those April showers to give it a rest already we may as well use the time well. Baking with the little ones is a brilliant way to keep them entertained and have some lovely time with them. These cookies start life as your basic sugar cookies and are topped with blue and white icing to turn them into adorable little rain cloud cupcakes.

rainy day cookies

Sugar cookies are some of my favourites, only because they are so simple yet so versatile. With a fun cookie cutter and some colourful icing they can be turned into almost anything. They have never failed to impress when I’ve made a batch for a party. I’ve made flamingos for an Alice in Wonderland themed party, Halloween pumpkins and all kinds of festive Christmas options. They are great for making in large batches because the dough is so easy to make. You can be icing one batch whilst the next is in the oven, they only take a few minutes.

rainy day cookies

All you need for these are a few basic store cupboard ingredients, icing sugar, blue food colouring and a cloud shaped cutter. I’ll leave some options for cloud shaped cutter at the bottom of the post. If you’re in the UK, Hobbycraft sell them, everywhere else you can get them on Amazon prime next day delivery.

rainy day cookies

Cloud sugar cookies

Rainy day cloud shaped iced sugar cookies. 
Course: Dessert
Keyword: biscuits, cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 100 g unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium free-range egg lightly beaten
  • 275 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate

  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 2-3 drops of blue food colouring

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl with an electric mixer fitted with a paddle tool. The mixture should be pale and creamy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
  • Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm.
  • Using a cloud biscuit cutter, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  • For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture.
  • Divide the icing into two bowls and stir in the food colouring into one bowl of icing.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round piping nozzle and pipe the outline of the cloud onto each biscuit. If you do not have two round piping nozzle do this one colour at a time.
  • Once all the biscuits have been outlined squeeze out the icing back into the bowls and add a few more teaspoons of water to the mixture. Mix well then add the icing back to the piping bag.
  • Fill the outline with this thinner icing, don’t add too much as you won’t need it. Use a cocktail stick to spread it out.
  • Repeat with the other colour and leave the biscuits to set on a wire cooling rack. They will keep for 5 days in an air tight container.
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rainy day cookies

And there you have it, rainy day cloud cookies. Don’t forget to let me know how the go by tagging @whatseatingmanchester in your social media post.

For more baking inspiration check out my blog or Pinterest.

Sarah

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