Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes a dough that is easy to work with, sturdy, rolls out easy and tastes great. It also uses weight measurements instead of volume which I far prefer – it is much more precise and gives consistent results every time. You will need a food scale, though. The Royal Icing recipe is perfect – it sets up within 12-24 hours hard enough to stack on top of one another without smushing.

Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing
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Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing
Print Recipe
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 100 grams butter, unsalted Softened to room temperature
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla Or extract of your choice (I love almond or lemon)
  • 275 grams flour
Royal Icing
  • 113 grams Meringue Powder I use Wilton's
  • 454 grams Confectioners sugar
  • 5 tablespoons warm water
Servings:
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and extract, a little at a time, until well combined
  4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to about 1/2" or desired thickness.
  6. Using cookie cuttters or a glass, cut cookies out of the dough and carefully place onto a baking tray. I place them directly on my trays but they are very seasoned - if you are using newer or dark trays, you might want to put them on parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until pale golden brown. If the edges start turning brown you've gone too far. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack.
  8. Once cooled, use the edge of a spoon to gently scrape any rough edges on the cookies to smooth.
Royal Icing
  1. Beat all ingredients together - add water one tablespoon at a time until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes with hand held mixer). Add food coloring if desired.
  2. Use a pastry bag and decorating tips to decorate completely cooled cookies - I HIGHLY recommend looking up techniques on YouTube if you've never done this before, or even if you have to get some new ideas.
Recipe Notes

Cookie recipe from BBC Food: www.bbc.co.uk
Royal Icing recipe from www.wilton.com

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