The holidays is not complete without Christmas sugar cookies.
The decorating part is a great way to get both kids and adults involved in the same activity. Every time I make these, my 13 year old brother always asks if he can help. So if you’ve been wanting to try these out but unsure if your decorating skills would be presentable, have no fear! I’ve finally found the perfect icing that isn’t runny (which gives you more control on where you want to ice your cookies without it running all over the place!), hardens well, and is super easy. Lord bless the person who invented royal icing. My life just got a whole lot simpler. This recipe couldn’t be easier and the pinch of cardamom spice makes the flavor a whole lot more interesting and fragrant.
LET’S GET IT TOGETHER! YOU’LL NEED:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom
1. Whisk together flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla and reduce mixing speed to add flour mixture until well combined.
2. Split the dough in half and form 2 balls. Flatten each into a disk and plastic wrap each and chill for at least an hour.
3. Unwrap one disk and and place in the middle of a long piece of wax paper. Cover the dough with another piece of wax paper and roll the dough out by pressing center moving outwards. Once you’re satisfied with the thickness of the dough, unwrap the top wax paper and use 2-3 inch cookie cutters for Christmas shapes.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes or until barely golden at the edges. Transfer to cooling rack to rest for 10 minutes before icing.
This recipes make 2 dozen cookies.
ROYAL ICING (makes about 2 cups)
- 2 egg whites
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar and vanilla extract. Continue to beat on high speed until icing is lump free and thick. The desired thickness should not be too runny but not thick like a buttercream icing.
2. Decorate using a piping bag and small round tip. You can add some Wilton brand food coloring and colored sugar for sparkle! Have fun!