So I apologize from taking what seemed like a semi-vacation away from my blog. The truth is, once I came back from Mardi Gras with my sister (which btw...was such a fun experience)- I did do some backing. However, I was too lazy that week to transfer my baking to my blog :(
This was extremely simple to do. I found an adorable box at Wal-mart, in the $1 section, placed down some tissue paper, and then the green foam blocks and stuck in my cookies. For the "gift tag" I cut it out of an index card and decorated it!
Preheat oven to 350F degrees
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring
1 tsp. salt
6 oz (3/4 cup) of warm water
5 Tablespoons meringue powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 kilogram (2.25 lbs.) powdered icing sugar
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together. Chill for 1 to 2 hours. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.
In mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix it with a whisk by hand until it is frothy and thickened...about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds More. Pour in all the icing sugar at once and place the bowl on the mixer- icing will get thick and creamy. Cover the bowl with a dampened paper towel to prevent crusting and drying. Tint with food colourings or thin the icing with small amounts of warm water to reach the desired consistency (basically for the outline of the cookie, I used a thicker consistency, but fo the filling of the cookies, I added more water to make a smoother consistency- but be careful to avoid making it too runny).