Life is Better with Adorable Cheesecake Sugar Cookies
I think Life is Better with Adorable Cheesecake Sugar Cookies because you’ll not only have fun decorating them, you’ll also have fun eating them! Be sure to make extra and share them with your friends and family because we all need to share some cheesecake love today!
I know that National Cheesecake Day was yesterday, but is it ever too late to share a piece of cheesecake with your friends? I don’t think so especially if it’s a slice or two of adorable cheesecake sugar cookies.
Cheesecake Sugar Cookies:
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- Slice of Pie Cookie Cutter- The Flour Box, or find it at Country Kitchen Sweetart– make the cookie look like a slice of cheesecake by trimming off the top of the crust before you bake the cookie dough.
- Pale Yellow Icing- I mixed a little Americolor Ivory and Americolor White Food Gel Colors in outline and flood consistency for the cheesecake color.
- Redish Brown Icing- to look like cheesecake crust- I mixed Americolor Warm Brown, Lemon Yellow, and a very small amount of Tulip Red Food Gel Color in outline consistency.
- Tulip Red– for the strawberry topping- 20-Second Royal Icing Consistency
Strawberry Royal Icing Templates coming soon!
- Turkey Lacer
- Tipless Decorating Bags from The Cookie Countess
- Food Safe Marker to draw the pattern on your cookies before you begin decorating.
- Totally Brown Airbrush Color – The Cookie Countess
- Sunshine Yellow Airbrush Color- The Cookie Countess
Life is Better with Adorable Cheesecake Sugar Cookies Video Tutorial:
If you want a slice of cheesecake and can’t make it to the Cheesecake Factory don’t stress because you can make some cheesecake sugar cookies. They’re sugar cookies so they don’t taste like cheesecake, but you’ll have a lot of fun making them. Enjoy the video!
- Begin by baking your sugar cookies. Just remember to trim off the top of the pie crust before you bake them so they’ll look more like a slice of cheesecake. If you don’t trim off the top it’ll probably end up looking like a slice of lemon pie and although lemon pie is delicious and beautiful, that’s not what we’re looking for today.
- Next, make a batch of royal icing. If you’re only making a few cookies you should try this Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe so you won’t have a lot of icing leftover. If you do have a lot of icing left over after your projects you should make some royal icing transfers so you’ll always be ready to decorate with cute designs to add to your cookies.
Now We’re Ready to Decorate the Cheesecake Sugar Cookies!
- Draw your pie crust and the top of the cheesecake on the cookie with a food-safe marker.
- Outline and flood the crust with the reddish-brown royal icing. You have a few options here. You can pipe it nice and smooth, pipe it where it’s a little bumpy looking, or crush up some baked sugar cookies and sprinkle them on the wet royal icing. All three ways will look amazing so decide which one you’d like the best and go for it!
- Airbrush the top edge and the bottom edge of the crust with the Totally Brown Airbrush Color from The Cookie Countess. Or you can use whatever color of brown you have on hand.
Time to make the crust:
- Outline the rectangle part of the cheesecake with the pale yellow royal icing.
- Add a few lines of the outline icing inside the rectangle so it will support you flood royal icing so it doesn’t sink as it dries. Adding these lines really helps my cookies dry with a nice flat surface.
- Flood the rectangle area as soon as you’re finished piping those support lines.
Add a little airbrush color.
- You don’t have to add airbrush color to these cookies, but if you have an airbrush gun I think you should because the Sunshine Yellow Airbrush Color from The Cookie Countess gives them a great cheesecake effect.
- Airbrush the edges of the pale yellow rectangle royal icing.
- If you’ve never watched someone airbrush wet royal icing you need to watch the video because it’s so funny! The icing moves as the air hits it and it looks like it’s trying to run away. Makes me giggle every time I do it!
- Let the icing dry for about twenty minutes before you add the top of the cheesecake. If you outline and flood it the right way the icing will all blend together and it won’t look like it has a top and side it will look like one section. It’s important to have two sections on a slice of cheesecake so it looks more realistic.
- Now that the side had dried for a few minutes it’s time to outline, pipe a few support lines, and flood the top.
- Keep your scribe tool or turkey lacer handy to help pop any air bubbles and to help push the royal icing into those tight little corners.
- Airbrush the top of the cheesecake with the Sunshine Yellow Airbrush Color from The Cookie Countess. Again, you should watch the royal icing wiggle in the video. So funny!
- Let the royal icing dry for about 20-30 minutes before you add the topping.
Strawberry on top:
- I’m working on a strawberry royal icing transfer I’m going to share with you soon, but until then, you can do this part in layers. Pipe the red royal icing on the top of the cheesecake in a random pattern like you spilled the topping by accident.
- Let it dry until the icing crusts over which should take about twenty minutes.
- Pipe a candy corn shape of red icing on the spill you just piped.
- Let it dry for about 20 minutes.
- Add a little more red icing at the bottom of your strawberry shape so it looks like the strawberry is in the spill.
- Once you have the royal icing transfers I’m finishing you can pipe the red topping, add the strawberry, add the highlights with the same royal icing you flooded the cheesecake with, and add the seeds to the strawberry. If you don’t have the transfers, you will need to just highlight a few areas of the topping and don’t blend them in because our icing has formed a crust so it’s too late to blend.
- If you like the blended look you can add it right after you pipe the topping in the previous step.
Do you like the texture on the sides or a smooth finish?
- Before we finish our cheesecake cookies there is one more thing to consider. Do you want the side of your cheesecake to have texture or to be smooth? I’m kind of liking the texture look a little more.
- If you want to texture the side all you have to do is wait for the icing to dry completely.
- Then, pipe some flood royal icing in the rectangle and use a paintbrush (a food only paintbrush) and stipple the cookie. This will make the icing look like a real slice of cheesecake.
Which one do you like better? The great thing about making sugar cookies is you don’t have to choose. You can add both to a platter and let everyone pick the kind they like the best.
I hope you enjoyed sharing cheesecake cookies with even though I’m a day late. But let’s face it, every day is a great day to celebrate with cheesecake cookies!