You’re in for a treat today! I’m showing you how to make these Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies! They are a flavorful sugar cookie cut out into a mushroom shape and decorated with red and white royal icing. They are almost too cute to eat.

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Orange-Almond Sugar Cookies #mushroom #cookie #christmas #holiday #recipe #sugarcookie #cutout #royalicing #orangealmond

Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies

I know we are knee-deep into the Christmas season and you’re probably thinking, “Michael, mushrooms aren’t very Christmassy.” Well my friends, I’m here to tell you otherwise. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I decorated a Christmas tree in my family room in the colors of red and white. I also filled it with dozens of whimsical mushroom ornaments. They are pretty special. So in my world, mushroom cookies are totally Christmas.

(If you’re looking for even more Christmas cookie recipes, I have you covered. I have an entire post dedicated to my favorites. You can find that HERE.)

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#GoodCheerSquad

I also wanted to make something fun and different in an effort to spread some good cheer! As you know, 2020 has been one heck of a year, so if I can do something … anything … to make someone smile, I’m in. That’s why I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends of mine to create the #GoodCheerSquad. Each of us is sharing a fun and festive idea to help spread some good cheer. I chose mushroom cookies! We are also putting our money where our mouth is and helping out a cause or person dear to our hearts.

This season I’ve made a donation to Foster Cat which is a Pittsburgh based non-profit dedicated to the proposition that all cats deserve safe, loving, and permanent homes. I also made a separate donation to the gentleman that fostered my new kitty (you can meet him at the end of this post HERE), so that he can continue his work in fostering and feeding stray cats.

My blogger friends and I would love to have you join us in spreading some good cheer this holiday season and beyond! If you do jump aboard, feel free to tag us and use the hashtag #GoodCheerSquad on Instagram. Even the smallest of acts can make a big difference. Be sure to visit my friends below to see what good cheer they are spreading.

 

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Pizzazzerie – Christmas Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

The Sweetest Occasion – Peppermint Cheesecake

 

Okay, now back to these delicious and beautiful Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies!

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Making Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies:

I have to tell you how much fun I had making these cookies. This was the first time I’ve ever used royal icing to decorate a cut-out sugar cookie. I was a bit intimidated, but once I got the swing of things, I really enjoyed myself.

With that being said, royal icing can be tricky to master. You need just the right consistency for things to flow and to get a smooth cookie. If you’re a novice baker, set aside a good chunk of time when you dive into this recipe. You’ll need it, along with a good dose of patience.

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Also, a shout-out to my friend Glory for this recipe, her fabulous tips and her encouragement. These Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies wouldn’t have been possible without her. She made some of these cookies for me last year and I went crazy over the orange / almond flavor combination. It’s ridiculous in the best way possible.

I’m going to walk you through the recipe now and share some tips along the way. You can find the full ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

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How to Make Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies:

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

To the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy: about 3 minutes. I really recommend a stand mixer for this as it’s a sturdy dough to beat.

Next, add the egg, zest from one orange, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat for another 1-2 minutes to combine; scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

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Now, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds. Start with your mixer on low, then speed up to combine. Continue adding and mixing until all of the flour is incorporated.

The dough will seem crumbly. This is normal. You’ll know the dough is ready when it starts pulling away from the side of the bowl and the bowl looks clean. Remove the bowl and knead the do ughwith your hands to fully combine and form into a ball.

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Take half of the dough and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness. Then cut out your cookies into the desired shapes and place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the baking sheet of cookies into the freezer for about five minutes.

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If you’re looking for the exact mushroom cookie cutters I used, you can find them HERE.

Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. (The time will depend on the size and thickness of your cookies.)

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for just about one minute. Then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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In the meantime, let’s make some royal licing.

Add the confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder to the bowl of a stand mixer. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Whisk to combine.

With the mixer on low, add one tablespoon of warm water at a time. Once all six tablespoons have been added, add in the corn syrup.

Continue to mix on low-medium speed adding more warm water, one tablespoon at a time, until you have achieved the desired consistency. The ideal consistency is something that is a bit thicker than corn syrup. As I mentioned above, making “proper” royal icing takes time and practice. You need to get a feel for it in order to know the consistency you need. It took me 30 minutes to figure it out and I still needed to adjust things. Have patience and take your time.

Once you’ve reached the ideal consistency, remove half of the royal icing and place it into a separate bowl. Add food coloring to achieve the desired color. I used mostly red, with a very small touch of orange. (I really like this food coloring HERE. I have the set and it’s fabulous. It is pricey, but it included a ton of colors and has lasted me for years. )

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Transfer the icing to a piping bag or piping bottle. If you’re looking for the bottles I used, you can find them HERE. They worked wonderfully well! The tip is the perfect size for detail and flooding the cookie with icing.

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Pipe the red icing onto the cookies first. Let it harden, then move onto the white icing.

Allow the icing to completely harden. Then pack and store these cookies in an airtight container.

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And that’s it. Your Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies are complete and undoubtably looking as adorable as these mushroom cut-outs!

I think these are going to make the perfect addition to my Christmas cookie tray. Don’t you? They are so fun, unexpected, and crazy delicious. The orange / almond combination is off-the-chain yummy!

Looking for more festive cookie recipes? Try these:

 

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe and embrace the quirkiness these cookies add to the season. We need all of the unexpected joy and good cheer we can get – so spread some!

Happy baking!

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Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies

Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies


Servings: 4 dozen
Learn how to make these Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies! They are a flavorful sugar cookie cut out into a mushroom shape and decorated with red and white royal icing. They are almost too cute to eat.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange - zested
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Royal Icing:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons warm waterto start, - plus 4-6 more
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • red and orange gel food coloring

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • To the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, the butter and sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy: about 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg, zest from one orange, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat for another 1-2 minutes to combine; scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds. Start with your mixer on low, then speed up to combine. Continue adding and mixing until all of the flour is incorporated.
  • The dough will seem crumbly in the bowl. You'll know the dough is ready when it starts pulling away from the side of the bowl. Remove the bowl and knead the dough with your hands to fully combine and form into a ball.
  • Take half of the dough and roll out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness. Cut out your cookies into the desired shapes and place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the baking sheet of cookies into the freezer for about five minutes.
  • Remove baking sheet from the freezer and bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. (The time will depend on the size and thickness of your cookies.)
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for just about one minute. Then move the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • In the meantime, prepare the royal icing. Add the confectioners' sugar and meringue powder to the bowl of a stand mixer. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Whisk to combine.
  • With the mixer on low, add one tablespoon of warm water at a time. Once all six tablespoons have been added, add in the corn syrup.
  • Continue to mix on low-medium speed adding more warm water, one tablespoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency. The ideal consistency is something that is a bit thicker than corn syrup.*
  • Remove half of the royal icing and place it into a separate bowl. Add food coloring to achieve the desired color. I used mostly red, with a very small touch of orange.
  • Transfer the icing to a piping bag or piping bottle. (I've linked the bottles I used in the notes section below.)
  • Pipe the red icing onto the cookies first. Let it harden, then move onto the white icing.
  • Allow the icing to completely harden. Then pack and store these cookies in an airtight container.

Notes

*Making "proper" royal icing takes time and practice. You need to get a feel for it to know the consistency you need. It took me 30 minutes to figure it out and I still needed to adjust things. Have patience and take your time.
*You can find the icing bottles I used HERE.
*Yield size will vary on the size and thickness of your cookie. For this particular size cookie, I made a bit over 4 dozen cookies. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 129IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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Comments

  • Courtney at

    These are so fun, Michael! I’m so impressed with your royal icing skills and I love the how-to tips. Maybe I’ll finally try to tackle royal icing. So inspired!

  • Lexy at

    I have been waiting for you to share these here! The absolute cutest cookies I’ve seen!

  • Leah Bergman at

    You are making me want to try my hand at royal icing! Also, I love orange so these cookies sound fabulous!

  • Cyd at

    Michael! You always amaze me, but truly – these are amazing! I feel like I can totally handle royal icing now, but I know that’s a lie. lol Love these!

  • Tami from SD at

    I just read a home tour in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas (I’m going back through old issues and saw (and of course LOVED) your tour), and the house featured Swedish decorations. Lots of Dala horses, Tamte, and sweet little red and white mushrooms just like you made.

  • Sue at

    So cute! Are these cookies soft or somewhat crispy? I’ve been looking for something inbetween.

    Thanks!

  • Dennis Anderson at

    You know, these cookies are just fine and probably very good. But I’ve been a wild mushroom hunter for over 30 years and im just concerned that someone or even a child seeing one of these lookalikes in the wild would think that they are edible. They are extremely deadly. Not knocking your recipe because we’ve seen this type of mushroom on numerous tv shows and cartoons. Just don’t want someone getting extremely sick or worse.

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