Christmas Cookie Love: Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Christmas is less than a week away but there is still plenty of time for baking! These sugar cookies with royal icing are sure to impress at your Christmas gatherings!They're a little time consuming, but super simple.

Today I'm sharing two recipes for the price of one! These recipes belong together. I use a very basic, classic sugar cookie recipe, perfect for cut outs. The cookies alone are not overly sweet, making the sweetness perfect once they are iced.

While the cookies are cooling, lets talk about my very non professional method of decorating with royal icing.

Most methods I've seen use a thicker icing to create a border around the cookie, than a thinner consistency to flood the cookie. Well, I'm too lazy for all that. I use one thickness, closer to flooding consistency, to decorate my cookies. You want the peaks in the icing to settle completely in about 3 - 4 seconds, as demonstrated below, thats how you know you have it right!

Check out my lazy method in this video!

With this method, you definitely have to be careful that the icing doesn't run off the side of the cookie, since you don't have the thicker icing border to keep it contained. If desired, add sprinkles and other decorative candies while the icing is wet.

Now here are both recipes! Have fun with it and make sure to show off your work when they're done!

Sugar Cookie Recipe


1 1/2 Cups butter (3 sticks) softened

2 Cups granulated sugar

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Tsp vanilla Extract

5 Tups all purpose flour

2 Tsp baking powder

1 Tsp salt


1. Cream together butter and sugar with paddle or by hand.

2. Mix in eggs and extract until well combined.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together remainder of ingredients.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet in batches until combined.

5. Divide dough into quarters, form into discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

7. Roll dough discs down to 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and cut with cookie cutters.

8. Bake 6 - 8 minutes. Cookies are done when bottoms are just turning golden brown.

9. Cool completely before icing.

Happy Baking!

Royal Icing Recipe


2 Cups Confectioners Sugar

1 Large egg white (2tbsp)

1/2 Tsp Water


1. Mix ingredients together until smooth and thick (about 2 mins)

2. Add more sugar or water until it reaches your desired thickness.

3. Add food coloring if desired

* Liquid Food coloring will change the consistency so just add more powdered sugar if needed.

*Icing will keep for 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Remix the icing vigorously with the fork if using after it has been sitting for a while.

Happy Decorating!