Mother’s Day – one of my favorite holidays, simply because I absolutely love my momma. My momma deserves more than a holiday to recognize how special she is. Luckily we all treat her like the queen that she is on the regular. But when Mother’s Day comes around, it’s a great excuse for us to give her a little extra lovin’. A little extra love never hurt nobody!

To be honest, I’ve always baked my momma something for Mother’s Day. I know flowers are beautiful, but I’ve found that mommas are happiest when they receive a gift that you put a lot of effort in creating. Anything that comes from the heart is outstanding. Last year, I made momma Oreo truffle roses, and this year, I’m making her shortbread cookies decorated with royal icing.

Shortbread cookies are my momma’s favorite cookies (those and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies) because they melt in your mouth and just scream “delectably tender and buttery.” To me, they’re perfect just like that. But when you add the royal icing on it, oh my gosh, the light and fluffy icing allows you to decorate any cookie any way you’d like, which makes it that much more fun, right?! Creativity at its finest my friends!

This shortbread cookie recipe is unbelievable. The addition of one egg yolk is really key. Many shortbread recipes require butter, sugar, flower, and vanilla extract,but the use of both sugars (brown and white) and the egg yolk really make a difference.

The royal icing recipe is straight from Wilton, using only meringue powder, water, and powdered sugar. Royal icing is great to work with because you can add water to make it thin, and add powdered sugar to thicken the icing if needed. With this royal icing recipe, I added a few drops of edible food coloring to get pink and purple icing colors. Next step, the decorations. The decoration possibilities are endless. Let your creative mind free!!

*UPDATE* I let momma try the shortbread cookie once it was fully decorated. In the middle of her chewing, her eyes widened, she stared at me, and said with a full mouth, “oh hell yes.” I think she was pretty satisfied with her treats!