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Sugar-Cookie Cakes

Basic sugar cookies become elegant favors when stacked to resemble miniature wedding cakes. Each cookie was spread with royal icing, then assembled once the frosting was set. Small dabs of icing also secure each layer.

  • yield: Makes 64 cookies, enough for 8 cakes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough into 4 pieces; flatten each into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or overnight).

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let 1 disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thick, adding more flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Using cookie cutters, cut out 2 dozen 3 1/2-inch rounds, 2 dozen 2 3/4-inch rounds, and sixteen 2-inch rounds. Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment paper as you work, keeping rounds of the same size on the same sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill in freezer until very firm, about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks; let cool completely. Transfer icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip (such as Ateco #6). Pipe around top edges of each cookie, about 1/4 inch from edge; fill in with a thin layer of icing. Smooth with a small offset spatula. (Reserve about 1/4 cup icing for assembling cookie cakes.) Let set, at least 6 hours (or overnight).

  4. Step 4

    Stack 3 large cookies, securing with dabs of icing in between. Repeat, stacking 3 medium cookies and 2 small cookies on top. Secure a gum-paste flower on top of each cookie cake using a small amount of icing. Repeat with remaining cookies and icing. Let stand until set, at least 30 minutes, before packaging.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter

Reviews (28)

  • 18 Mar, 2014

    I found the tablecloths in this tablescape at http://www.linentablecloth.com/tablecloths.html. They are so cute! Picking mine out right now :).

  • 6 Jul, 2011

    do you use room temperature butter or should it be chilled?

  • 24 Mar, 2011

    put the cookies in the freezer for 15-20 mins before baking and the cookies wont spread in the oven and will keep their shape better.

  • 21 Sep, 2010

    Where do you buy the clear plastic containers?

  • 20 Apr, 2010

    I made these for my sister's wedding - they turned out gorgeous! One tip though: When the cookies bake, they don't come out perfectly round or all the same size. I had to trim every single cookie again with the appropriate size cookie cutter before assembling. It added a lot of time and work, but it was worth it to make the mini-cake look perfect!

  • 12 Apr, 2010

    check out thecookiecousins.com for great tasty and beautiful cookies!

  • 8 Apr, 2010

    Just wondering if this would work with Betty Crocker instant sugar cookie mix (where you only add butter, water and egg). Also, what is the recipe for the icing?

  • 12 Mar, 2010

    You can find them at kingarthurflour.com. Just search on round biscuit cutters. They have a set of 4 in various sizes that work perfectly for these cookies.

  • 12 Mar, 2010

    You can find them at kingarthurflour.com. Just search on round biscuit cutters. They have a set of 4 in various sizes that work perfectly for these cookies.

  • 11 Mar, 2010

    I want to start on these this wknd and have them ready for a shower next wknd. Where do I find cookie cutters in the dimensions Martha uses? Or where did you find your cookie cutters and boxes to fit that size?

  • 13 Jul, 2009

    These were a hit at our niece's wedding. However, they are a bit time consuming - so do not make the same mistake as me and try to finish them an hour before the wedding.

  • 24 Mar, 2009

    http://www.weddingthings.com/product/
    vertical_clear_favor_box/clear_favor_boxes

  • 11 Feb, 2009

    You can make and ice the cookies a month ahead and freeze. Assemble a couple of days before the event. Using rolling pin bands (they come in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", etc. depths) on the ends of your rolling pin allows you to have uniform thickness for the cookies - this will ensure all of your cookies come out even and the same.

  • 30 Jan, 2009

    What are the sizes of the boxes?

  • 17 Oct, 2008

    Ditto to Jhanu, There is enough going on in the wedding blunder week before, is there a time limit as to how far in advance you can make these before they go stale or brittle?

  • 6 Oct, 2008

    how far in advance can i make the cookies?

  • 23 Aug, 2008

    I tired making these for my parents 25th anniversy party and they kept coming out uneven. so instead I made hearts with the same recipe they were a big hit.

  • 28 Jul, 2008

    Found an even better one. www.papermart.com. I think I'm going to go with the 3x3x5 inch option, which means I'll be making my "cakes" a bit smaller than the recipe calls for. I'll let you know if I regret that later. :)

  • 28 Jul, 2008

    I found them at a few places so far: www.efavormart.com and www.wrapwithus.com. The only problem is figuring out how big they should be. I can't really tell from the pictures.

  • 13 Jul, 2008

    Here you can find diferents types of boxes http://www.favorideas.com/shopping/cat34/p60/index.htm

  • 3 Jul, 2008

    I was a bridesmaid recently and I made these for the whole bridal party for a pre-wedding treat at the salon. They were adorable and delicious!

  • 14 May, 2008

    I loved the clear plastic boxes for a clever way to make a special presentation for cookie favors.Where can I purchase these clear plastic boxes? Thank you. Dee

  • 27 Mar, 2008

    I can't find the boxes for these favors anywhere ? What sizes are they? I can only find 3x3x3 or 4x4x4 ... HELP !

  • 10 Mar, 2008

    please as soon as possible..the dimensions of the box shown holding the cookies..thanks

  • 10 Mar, 2008

    These are one the best ideas for wedding favors ever!!! So elegant and beautiful. As an alternative to royal icing rolled fondant can be used. You simply use the same cookie cutter you used to cut out the cookies with.

  • 7 Mar, 2008

    Where do I find the packaging as seen in the video for the wedding cake sugar cookies?