Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

December 15, 2015
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I’ve been experimenting with sugar cookies with royal icing for about five years. If you’ve been following my blog for that long you’ll recall on the older blog setup I posted Marvel comic hero cookies with royal icing that looked like nothing short of a disaster. I usually give up after two failed attempts but I have been determined to keep at it and challenge myself. Granted, by looking at my photos, I am no professional cookie decorator. I was born with the visual ability to create art behind a camera and in the taste of a recipe, albeit my food might not look so pretty all the time. So here it is my most highly recommended recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing that won’t make you cry or struggle in the kitchen. Have a go and feel free to adapt this recipe and add food coloring as needed to your royal icing for any of your cookie decorating projects! Let it snow, in this case!

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Ingredients

1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour (plus additional for work surface when rolling)

Icing:

2 lbs confectioners sugar
5 tbsp meringue powder
3/4 cup water
3 tsp vanilla

gold and/or silver sprinkles for decorating

Prepare

Sugar Cookies

1.Preheat oven to 350° F.
2.In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
3.Beat in extracts and egg.
4.In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
5.DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
6.Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Royal Icing

Icing:

1. Mix confectioner sugar and meringue powder on slow speed and then incorporate water and vanilla. Mix on slow for 1 minute and then mix on high for about 7 minutes, or until your icing forms a stiff peak.

2. Fill a piping bag and using a #3 tip outline your cookie to create a border and allow to dry for about two minutes.

3. Flood the cookie with the royal icing, filling in the entire ‘bordered’ area.

4. Sprinkle with gold and/or silver sprinkles as desired.

5. Allow the icing on the cookies to dry overnight.

6. Serve cookies with hot chocolate or feel free to devour them on their own.

 

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
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Ingredients
  1. Sugar Cookies
  2. 1 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 3 cups all purpose flour (plus additional for work surface when rolling)
  8. Icing
  9. 2 lbs confectioners sugar
  10. 5 tbsp meringue powder
  11. 3/4 cup water
  12. 3 tsp vanilla
  13. gold and/or silver sprinkles for decorating
Instructions
  1. Sugar Cookies
  2. 1.Preheat oven to 350° F.
  3. 2.In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. 3.Beat in extracts and egg.
  5. 4.In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  6. 5.DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  7. 6.Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Royal Icing
Icing
  1. 1. Mix confectioner sugar and meringue powder on slow speed and then incorporate water and vanilla. Mix on slow for 1 minute and then mix on high for about 7 minutes, or until your icing forms a stiff peak.
  2. 2. Fill a piping bag and using a #3 tip outline your cookie to create a border and allow to dry for about two minutes.
  3. 3. Flood the cookie with the royal icing, filling in the entire 'bordered' area.
  4. 4. Sprinkle with gold and/or silver sprinkles as desired.
  5. 5. Allow the icing on the cookies to dry overnight.
  6. 6. Serve cookies with hot chocolate or feel free to devour them on their own.
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author: Teresa Gonzalez

Teresa is a South Florida native who is a photographer that also has a passion for food. She's a seeker of sunshine, lazy days at the beach, and exquisite food.

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