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Pineapples Wearing Shades Cookies Recipe


No matter how cool you are, you’re probably never gonna be as cool as pineapples wearing shades cool. Pinterest has made chalkboards, foxes, pallets, and owls popular; and, lordy, I don’t know who is responsible for this, but bless them. Pineapples with shades. Here is my ode to the hottest new Pinterest tropic. I mean, topic.

Decorated vanilla sugar cookies with pineapple royal icing. They’re the hipster version of retro pineapple upside down cake. No. Wait. That would be pineapple upside down cake. But, really. Do we care? They’re way too adorbs to worry about such things.


Cookie Recipe

Cream together:

  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. sugar

Add & beat together well:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 T. milk
  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour. This is an important step. Why? Because it will make the shortening or butter in your cookie dough cold again which will make the dough firmer and this prevents overusing flour while rolling out. Overusing flour creates dry cookies. So be sure to chill, yo.

After dough has chilled, preheat oven at 350F.

Dust clean counter top lightly with flour. Roll out and cut into shapes using a pineapple cookie cutter.

Bake about 15 minutes. Length of time needed for baking depends on how thick you roll your cookies. If you roll your cookies very thin, the baking time may be just 6-8 minutes.


Royal Icing Recipe

  • 3 T. meringue powder
  • 4 c. sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 -6 T. pineapple juice
Place all ingredients into mixer. Turn on low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated into a frosting. This prevents powdered sugar snow in the kitchen. Royal icing has never smelled so heavenly. You’re welcome. Continue to mix until the frosting is stiff – like whipped cream.  If you remove the whisk attachment, the frosting should stand up pretty much straight.
This recipe is perfect for outlining, leaves, and such. For the middles, add a little extra water or pineapple juice to thin frosting just enough that is won’t run outside the lines you have placed on your cookies. With practice, the thickness you want will come natural to you. Too thick, every move you make shows. Too thin and it runs all over. You want to find a thickness that is juuuuuuust right.
To decorate, just do criss cross lines over your pineapples. Add a little curve to them. Then do the same thing going the opposite way.
For leaves, just use the firm frosting and decorate with a Wilton Decorating Tip, No.352 Leaf.
A simple round decorating tip is great for everything else.
Oh. And don’t forget the party umbrellas. You know, cuz pineapples cool like dat.
If you’d like to put cookies in a clear little bag, just allow them to dry overnight or (if your frosting is especially thick) maybe two nights. Then they will harden and be ready to bag & bow!
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