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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few.

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe


Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes

Cinco de Mayo is 'round the corner, and these cactus cookies are SO easy to make that you still have time to whip up a batch for your fiesta!

Speaking of fiestas, these would also be ideal to serve at a Llama themed birthday party, like we shared here last week, don't you think? 😍

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe

These cactus sugar cookies are so easy to make and decorate! I only use one piping tip size to outline and flood my cookies, and use a zigzag technique (very technical term) to flood them, so it's a much simpler and less scary decorating method!

Not to mention that I only used two shades of green, which makes life a lot easier too.

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes

Seriously, if I can make these cactus decorated cookies, then anyone can! 

I love to bake for any of my parties, but it's gotta be simple, do-able and as quick as possible. And despite having to make the cookie dough and icing from scratch, this is the quickest way I have found to decorate my homemade sugar cookies.

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes

You can also make these cookies way ahead of your party, and keep them in sealed plastic bags. The icing helps to keep them fresh for ages!

These cactus sugar cookies also make super cute party favors for your guests to take home!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Bar Cart and Cactus Sugar Cookies by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cincodemayo #barcart #maragritabarcart #cincodemayobarcart #cactusparty

I served my cookies for our Cinco de Mayo party alongside a delicious Margarita (you may have seen the easy, big-batch recipe I shared on my Instagram?) 🌵 It's the perfect little treat for any fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Bar Cart and Cactus Sugar Cookies by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cincodemayo #barcart #maragritabarcart #cincodemayobarcart #cactusparty

I styled this little fiesta bar cart using the gorgeous pastel wall decorations and cactus pinata from Mesa Chic Parties 😍 


Cinco de Mayo Margarita Bar Cart and Cactus Sugar Cookies by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cincodemayo #barcart #maragritabarcart #cincodemayobarcart #cactusparty

I'm loving the color palette for this party theme, it's more subtle then last year's fiesta, yet still super festive for the occasion!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita Bar Cart and Cactus Sugar Cookies by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cincodemayo #barcart #maragritabarcart #cincodemayobarcart #cactusparty


Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes

For my cactus sugar cookies I used a 10 cm or 4 inch cactus cookie cutter for these, but you can use whatever you cookie cutter you have. The yield of this recipe will of course depend on the size of your cutter, but the basic recipe doubles, or triples really well!

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes





Cactus Cookie Recipehttps://youtu.be/RhSTpglwLsELearn to make cactus cookies for your fiestas!https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-favcB-kF7eE/XL2V7z9JNdI/AAAAAAAA08g/KURTVl0qc-U53LAg6Im5ZduDJdTNhnvVQCLcBGAs/s1600/cactus-decorated-sugar-cookies.jpg2019-04-30

Yield: 12-15 cookies
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Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party!

ingredients:

Sugar Cookies Recipe Ingredients
  • 1 cup of room temperature butter (not margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
Royal Icing Recipe Ingredients
  • 1 pound of confectioner sugar sifted (icing sugar)
  • 3 pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
  • gel food coloring in your choice of colors - I used dark and light green

instructions:

How to cook

Basic Sugar Cookies Recipe Instructions
  1. In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix, then add slowly to the butter bowl with mixer on low. Mix until all the flour is well combined. The dough is ready when most of it sticks to the paddle...but when touched it does not stick to my fingers. So add a little more flour if needed to achieve this consistency.
  4. Roll out the down onto parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thick. Add flour to your rolling pin to stop it sticking.
  5. Cut out the cactus cookies with a 4 inch (10 cm) cactus cookie cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 deg F (200 deg C) for 7-8 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool down on the tray before handling, otherwise they'll be soft and will crumble. Once completely cool, decorate with royal icing as per recipe below.
Royal Icing Recipe Instructions
  1. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add sifted sugar, egg white and lime juice and mix on low until sugar fully combined.
  2. Continue to mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks are formed.
  3. Once you have stiff peaks, transfer the icing to two separate bowls to be colored. Add a little gel food coloring and mix to reach your desired colors.
  4. Immediately transfer the icing to two separate piping bags fitted with a #2 round piping tip. PS - I use the same icing consistency to outline and fill my cookies, so no need to change piping tips or to alter the consistency of the icing.
  5. Start by outlining the cactus cookie with the dark green, then fill in the cookie center with the same color in a zigzag motion. TIP: Get rid of any "peaks" in the icing by wetting your finger a little and pressing the peaks down gently or using a metal skewer.
  6. Decorate the cactus cookies with "pricks" in the other shading of green for contrast. 
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Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes


Check out my easy technique for decorating your cactus sugar cookie in the quick video below!

Cactus Sugar Cookies Easy Recipe - learn to bake and decorate these fun cookies for Cinco de Mayo, summer celebration or a llama birthday party! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cactus #sugarcookies #cincodemayo #cactuscookies #cactusparty #cactusfood #cactusrecipes





Hope you like the recipe and feel inspired to have a go! If you do, tag us on social media #BirdsParty so we can see and share your creativity! 😍

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