Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I love to eat sugar cookies and I love to decorate sugar cookies, so when every holiday comes around, I bust out my bucket of cookie cutters and get to work.  I always use the joy of baking recipe and they always are delicious!  Here are some photos and the recipe...

Sugar Cookie Recipe: Yield - depends on size of cookie cutters being used

3 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Butter - room temperature
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla

  1. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. 
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes). 
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined. 
  4. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.
  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.
  6. Set oven to 350, and roll out the dough.  Use the cookie cutters of your choice and then bake for about 6 mins.  You want them to still be really soft and just lightly brown around the edges.  Dont overbake or they will be crispy.
  7. Decorate and Enjoy!

Royal Icing with Egg Whites:

2 Egg Whites
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
3 Cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

  1. In a bowl, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined with a hand mixer. 
  2. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. 
  3. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.
  4. Enjoy!

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