It is day 2 of my 25 days of Christmas Cookie Challenge! I decided to make sugar cookies because they are so simple and very classic…. Personally I do not really care for sugar cookies. I’m such a chocolate lover, that these cookies just don’t do it for me. But I really wanted to tackle the royal icing, which makes these cookies so fun! You can shape the cookies however you like, stars, bells, Santa, squares … whichever cookie cutter is your favorite! What is so amazing with royal icing is, you can also decorate and color the cookies with the icing. After the icing is piped on however you like, let it sit for a minute, and it hardens, then you can pipe on another color and the icing won’t bleed together. I kept it simple and just made blue circles, but Google different ideas if you want to make your sugar cookies extra festive.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper (makes about 3 dozen)
– 3 cups of flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– Pinch of salt
– 2 sticks of butter (softened)
– 1 ½ cups of sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tablespoon of milk
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt then set aside. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, start mixing the butter and sugar together, making sure it gets very fluffy. Add the milk, egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture until it is all incorporated.
Cut the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, flour the surface you will roll the dough on and flour the rolling pin, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Use which ever cookie cutter you like and cut as many cookies as you can. Lay on the parchment lined cookie sheets about an inch apart. Bake for 8 minutes.
– 4 cups of powdered sugar
– 3 tablespoons of meringue powder
– 10 tablespoons of warm water
– Food coloring (whichever you would like)
Add the powdered sugar and meringue powder together and whisk. Then add the water and whisk until smooth. Add whichever food coloring you would like.
I used a small round piping tip and piping bag to put the frosting on the cooled cookies.
To ice: First make an outline on the shape you want. I first did an outline of a circle. Then go back and fill the shape in with the desired color.
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