Wedding Favor Cookies | Pastry Recipes

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  • A beautiful bride and a smart groom – these professional level cookies are sure to impress.

    This wedding cookie duo is the perfect little gift for wedding or bachelorette party guests. They’re not hard to make, although the frosting does take a bit of patience to get perfect. You can make grooms for male guests and brides for female guests, or let people choose their own. Add your own wedding colors if you prefer, to really personalize them. This recipe makes three grooms and three brides, but it’s easy to scale it up if you make them for more people. Alternatively, they’re a thoughtful gift for a couple who just announced their engagement.


    • For the sugar cookie dough:

    • 200g caster sugar

    • 200g soft unsalted butter

    • 1 egg, lightly beaten

    • 400g plain flour, plus more for dusting

    • For the decoration:

    • About 600 g of royal icing

    • black food coloring

    • 2 ball gown cookie cutters (approx. 5 x 4 inches/12.5 x 10 cm) and 3 tuxedo cutters (approx. 3 x 41⁄2 inches/7.5 x 11 cm) using 1 recipe sugar cookie dough (see below).


    • To make the suggestionare cookies: In electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar until well blended and just creamy. Do not overwork or cookies will spread during baking. Beat egg until well blended. Sift the flour and mix on low speed until a dough forms. Gather it into a ball, wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

    • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead briefly. Using two 5 mm (¼ inch) guide sticks, roll it to an even thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes and, using a palette knife, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cool again for about 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Mark 4.

    • Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on size, until golden around the edges. Let cool on rack. Wrapped in foil or cling film, they will keep well in a cool, dry place for up to a month.

    • To decorate the cookies: Divide the frosting between two bowls, about 250g in one and 350g in the other. Mix the 250g with black food coloring. Add a little water to both bowls until the frostings have reached a soft consistency. Fill a piping bag with each color.

    • Cut a small tip from the bag with black icing and trace around each groom in a smooth, even line. Do the same with the white frosting on the bride’s cookies. Cover the bags with cling film or a damp cloth to prevent the frosting from drying out.

    • Dilute the remaining white and black icing with a few drops of water until liquid. Fill a piping bag with each color and drizzle the center of the cookies with the appropriate colors, being careful not to spill over the sides. First flood the center of the tuxedo with white, let it dry then flood the black part.

    • Once dry, pipe the detail on each cookie, using the soft-peak icing then let dry.

    Top tips for making these wedding favor cookies…

    You can add a little spice or zest to the flavor of these cookies if you like – half a teaspoon of mixed spice or the zest of half a lemon. You can also use lemon juice in the frosting instead of water for an extra kick.

    Once you’ve mastered brides and grooms, why not do pale blue page boys and pink or peach bridesmaids as well? If you don’t have the proper cookie cutters, you can draw a template yourself and use it to cut out the shapes with a sharp knife.

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