First bake up a batch of your favorite cut-out cookie recipe. I use this one for a basic sugar/butter cookie. For these cookies I used a "swimming trunks" cutter that I found at Karen's Cookies.
** Helpful Hint: If you don't have one, don't sweat it! Use a square cutter and with the corner of the square cut out a notch on the bottom of the square to define the legs of the shorts.
Let your cookies cool on a wire rack before decorating.
Next, make a batch of Royal Icing (I used Wilton's Recipe found here). The icing will be very thick. Separate the icing into 4 bowls.
Bowl #1: Add a few drops of red dye (I use Americolor)
Bowl #2: Leave white
Bowl #3: Dye the icing red and thin with a few drops of water (consistency of Elmer's Glue)
Bowl #4: Leave white and thin with a few drops of water (consistency of Elmer's Glue)
Fill two pastry bags (fitted with a #2 tip) with the thick consistency red and white icings (Bowls 1 & 2). Outline half of your cookies red and the other half white. Let the icing dry for about an hour.
Next, fill two squeeze bottles with a bit of the red and white thinned icing. I used these handy little squeeze bottles that I picked up at Karen's Cookies! They come with a plastic #2 tip and coupler, but any of your Wilton tips are interchangeable. Put the filled bottles to the side, we'll get to them in a minute!
The next step is to flood your cookies with the red and white thin consistency icing. I just spooned it in, but you can fill a pastry bag or squeeze bottle to apply it.
The icing will slowly spread out but you may need to use a spatula to ease it towards the edges. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles that may have formed. Before the icing dries use the squeeze bottles filled with the thinned icing to make small polka-dots in the wet icing. This is called a "wet-on-wet technique". When the icing dries, the finish will be smooth!
Let your cookies dry for several hours. Then with your thick consistency icing, pipe with a #2 tip the waistband and button details.
And there you have it! Valentine Boxer Shorts for your Honey!