Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
I love this recipe because everything is made completely from scratch, and I feel such an accomplishment when I see how adorable the finished product comes out! This icing recipe is the best I have found for decorating; you just have to put your embellishments on quick because it hardens fast! I usually double the cookie dough recipe so I have plenty to share with friends and co-workers!
1/2 cup + 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 cups + 3 tbsp. flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in egg. Gradually sift in flour. Remove from bowl and knead on lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 2-3 even pieces. Sandwich dough between wax paper until 1/5 inch thick. Place on cookie sheets and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Use cookie cutter to cut. Place back on sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tbsp. meringue powder
10 tbsp. warm water
Beat icing for 8 minutes. Divide into bowls and add food coloring. Transfer into squirt bottles. Outline and spread frosting using a pastry tip. *Note-this recipe makes plenty of icing even if you double the recipe for the cookies.