Easy Perfect Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing

Easy Perfect Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing

Easy Perfect Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing

My daughter Courtney wanted to experiment and try out royal icing so I made some Christmas sugar cookies and we gave it a go.  Let’s just say we need more practice, it’s definitely a practiced talent although we didn’t do too bad for a first effort.  And, by the way, these sugar cookies are delicious!


2 cups butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

5 cups flour


3/4 cup warm water

1/3 cup meringue powder

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 1/4 pounds powdered sugar

1  For the cookies, mix butter and sugar on medium until combined.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Continue mixing and add salt and vanilla.

2  Stop mixer, add flour, cover with towel to prevent a flour explosion and mix just until combined.

3  Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 – 3/8″ thick.  Cut with cookie cutters. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 10 – 12 minutes or until edges are golden and centers no longer look wet.  Allow to cool.

4  For the icing, combine water and meringue powder in mixer bowl and whisk for 30 seconds.  Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds.

5  Add powdered sugar and mix on low for 10 minutes.  Tint with food coloring.  (My frosting was way too thick so I had to had quite a bit of water to get it to the right consistency.)

recipe from A Side of Sweet

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