I LOVE sugar cookies, and the best thing about them is that they can be made for every occasion, all you need is the appropriate cookie cutter for it. Although the cookie itself is easy to make, decorating it is extremely hard. However Annie Eats has a great tutorial for decorating as well as for royal icing that I used with these. Both these recipes are adapted from Annie’s website…she is kind of my new favorite! And while the first batch may not be perfect, I can still practice and I am sure my coworkers won’t mind :).
Yields about 3 dozen cookies
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 2 table spoons meringue powder
- 5 teaspoon water (adding more to get the right consistency)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda in a medium sized bowl
2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter.
- add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy
- add the eggs, one a time making sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition
- add vanilla
3. Add the flour mixture and beat until the dough is smooth and fully combined
4. Divide the dough and wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, I like to let it to chill it overnight
5. Once the batter is chilled, remove one half at a time and roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4″ thick, making sure to turn the dough as you go so that it does not stick.
6.Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 2 cookie sheets
7.With a lightly floured cookie cutter, cut the shapes of the cookie you desire. Place the tray of cookies in the fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes
8. Bake cookies for 8-1o minutes and place on wire rack to cool. Make sure the cookie is completely cooled before decorating
1. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder until combines
2. Add vanilla and water and stir
- add water until this is the correct consistency to decorate with according to the step in Annie’s tutorial
Let these sit for at least 2 hours before continuing to each step in decorating so that the icing has time to settle
Be playful, imaginative and have fun while decorating! Don’t be discouraged if at first it doesn’t look perfect, this takes practice!