Sugar cookies with royal icing
This versatile sugar cookie recipe is great for cut-out shapes. Decorate with royal icing to make them stand out!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 and ½ teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 and ½ cups sifted flour
- 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 2 Tablespoons meringue powder
- 5 Tablespoons water
Make the cookies
Cream butter and add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm.
Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters and place on greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375° F for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool.
Make the royal icing
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes).
Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container. This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating.
Add water (a very small amount at a time) and stir by hand until fully incorporated. Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping. If you are having any difficulty piping, it is still too thick. Add a little more liquid and try again.
For best results, allow the royal icing to harden overnight. If you are doing multiple layers of colors, pipe and flood the base layer and allow to dry overnight. Then on the second day, add your second layer of color on top. Humidity will also be a factor so make sure you store your cookies in a dry area or else your frosting will not set.
Annie has a helpful tutorial on decorating with royal icing if you want some pointers.
Source: Cookies from Annie's Eats; icing also from Annie's Eats.