Pineapple Sugar Cookies

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Ahhhh, I had so much fun making these adorable cookies! I got an order for sugar cookies a few weeks back, and I was hesitant to make them, seeing as it had been many years since I frosted a really nice batch of sugar cookies. But the desired designs were simple enough, and so I accepted. And boy, did I have so much fun making them! I was so happy with the way they turned out, and after, I eagerly set to work planning my next sugar cookie experiment!

This week, I hit the kitchen to make some pineapple-shaped sugar cookies in honor of the newest Psych movie coming out (which was great, btw!). I had a couple of ideas swirling around in my head, but the finished result was even better than I imagined it! I decided to add some little gold pearls last minute, and they were the perfect accent to these sweet cookies.

In this blog post, I will walk you through, step by step, how to make your own pineapple cookies at home! *Check out my Instagram for a fun video highlighting the process!*

To start, you will need some pineapple sugar cookies! Using your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or just refrigerated sugar cookie dough), roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. I used a 4″ pineapple cookie cutter to cut out the cookies (I ordered my cutter from here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSKWBPO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

Next, set the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, and pop the sheet in the fridge for about 10 minutes (this will help the cookies to hold a nice shape while baking). You can then bake the cookies according to your instructions and let them cool completely on wire racks.

Ok, now for the decorating (the actual fun part)! Prepare one recipe of Royal Icing (found below). Once prepared, you’re going to place about 1/3 of the icing into a separate bowl, and set that aside (covered with a damp cloth or paper towel). Return to the remaining 2/3 of icing, and color that icing yellow. I used Wilton’s Golden Yellow gel icing color to achieve a beautiful pineapply-yellow.

Now, remove about 1/3 of the yellow icing to another bowl, and set that aside as well (covering with a damp towel). Add water to the remaining 2/3 yellow icing to thin it out a bit, and then you are ready to begin! Fill a piping bag (prepared with a small, round tip) with the thinned-out yellow icing, and use this to frost the fruit portion of each pineapple. Pipe frosting in a circular motion all around and use a scriber needle or toothpick to fill in the gaps and round out the edges (see the video on Instagram for how to do this!). Set cookies aside for about an hour as the icing hardens.

Meanwhile, take the remaining 1/3 of the yellow icing (not thinned with water) and use even more Golden Yellow food coloring to achieve a slightly darker shade of the yellow for the pineapple criss-crosses.

Once the first layer of icing has hardened enough, fill another prepared piping bag with this thicker, darker yellow icing. Pipe 4-5 diagonal lines across the pineapple, and then pipe 4-5 more diagonal lines to criss-cross the first lines. Touch up the edges with your scriber needle or toothpick.

Now, get out your edible gold pearls, and drop a pearl in the lower intersection of each diamond (formed by the lines). Set aside to dry.

Finally, prepare the last 1/3 of the white icing for the pineapple leaves. Color the icing with green gel food coloring until you have reached your desired shade of green. Then, you are going to want to stir a couple spoonfuls of powdered sugar into the green icing (this will help the leaves to hold their shape better).

Using a piping bag prepared with a leaf tip, pipe the green icing onto the leaf portion of the pineapple cookies.

Allow cookies to set completely (anywhere from 5 hours to overnight; the process can be sped up by using a fan).

And you’ve done it! Beautiful and cute pineapple cookies can now grace your table this summer season.

Pineapple Sugar Cookies – How To

How to frost and decorate adorable pineapple sugar cookies!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, cute, decorating, pineapple, psych, royal icing, Sugar
Yield: 15 cookies
Author: Allison

Materials

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar

Other Ingredients

  • 15 4 inch pineapple sugar cookies cooled
  • Additional powdered sugar
  • Golden Yellow gel food coloring
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Gold sugar pearls

Instructions

How to Make the Royal Icing

  • Whisk meringue powder and water in a mixing bowl for a few minutes until foamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and whisk until thickened and icing holds a stiff peak.

How to Decorate the Pineapple Cookies

  • Place about 1/3 of the icing into a separate bowl, and set aside (covered with a damp cloth or paper towel).
  • Color remaining 2/3 of icing golden yellow.
  • Remove about 1/3 of the yellow icing to another bowl, and set that aside as well (covering with a damp towel). 
  • Add water to the remaining 2/3 yellow icing to thin out a bit.
  • Fill a piping bag (prepared with a small, round tip) with the thinned out yellow icing, and use to frost the fruit portion of each pineapple. Pipe frosting in a circular motion all around and use a scriber needle or toothpick to fill in the gaps and round out the edges. Set cookies aside for about an hour as the icing hardens. 
  • Meanwhile, take the remaining 1/3 of the yellow icing (not thinned with water) and use more Golden Yellow food coloring to achieve a slightly darker shade of the yellow for the pineapple criss-crosses. 
  • Once the first layer of icing has hardened enough, fill another prepared piping bag with the thicker, darker yellow icing. Pipe 4-5 diagonal lines across the pineapple, and then pipe 4-5 more diagonal lines to criss-cross the first lines. Touch up the edges with your scriber tool or toothpick. Drop a gold sugar pearl in the lower intersection of each diamond (formed by the lines). Set cookies aside to dry.
  • Color the remaining 1/3 of white icing with green gel food coloring until you have reached your desired shade of green. Stir a couple spoonfuls of powdered sugar into the green icing (this will help the leaves to hold their shape better). 
  • Using a piping bag prepared with a leaf tip, pipe the green icing onto the leaf portion of the pineapple cookies. Allow cookies to set completely (anywhere from 5 hours to overnight; the process can be sped up by using a fan). 

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  1. Sydni says:

    Love these!

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