Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe
Fun, everything sweet, Pinterest fail-proof sugar cookies to bake and decorate this season!
For the sugar cookies:
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 cup all-purpose flour plus some addition flour for rolling the dough3
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1sp almond extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg room temperature
For the royal icing (yields 4 cups):
- 4 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp meringue powder
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
To make the sugar cookies:
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until until creamy and smooth. Then, beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract.
In a dry bowl, whisk together the baking powder and flour.
Slowly blend in the dry ingredients to the mixer with the wet ingredients.
Lightly flour a work surface to roll the dough on. Use cookie cutters to cut out your favorite shapes. In order for the cookies to withstand the weight of your sweet everything decorations, be sure to make them extra thick! We made our about 1/2 inch thick!
Place your cut cookies onto un-greased baking sheets, and bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden.
Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer for them to the cooling rack once they’re firm enough to move. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
To make the royal icing:
In a mixer, combine the meringue powder and powdered sugar on low.
Slowly add in the water and almond extract on medium speed for about 6 minutes. The icing should be forming small peaks and will be thick when it’s ready.
To decorate the cookies:
Once the cookies and icing are complete, use a piping bag and round tip to pipe an outline around the edges of your cookie shapes.
Fill in the middle with the thick icing rather than flooding the cookie with a water down icing. The reason for this is that you need plenty of extra icing to get all of your decor to stick well. Plus, you don’t want your candies to bleed into the white icing.
Holiday cookie topping ideas:
- Mini candy canes
- Crushed candy canes
- Mini marshmallows
- Sprinkles in assorted shapes and sizes
Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg