These next few days could not come any sooner. I am spending the holidays in Kansas, and I cannot wait. What’s in Kansas, you ask? Well, Karl, his sweet family, and of course, Arthur Bryant’s. I have a long to-do list to complete before I leave. I just crossed one thing of my list, and that is make holiday cookies for my Boston pals.
I love making gifts during the holidays. I think homemade gifts are a great way to show someone you appreciate them any time of the year. In my opinion, you get bonus points if they are edible. I made these delicious snowflake sugar cookies for my dear friends and coworkers. The snowflake cookie cutters are from Sur La Table, and I piped on the icing with Wilton’s #2 tip.
Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Author: Connie Choi
For the cookies:
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, soften
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the icing:
- 1½ tablespoons Meringue Powder
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 to 3½ tablespoons warm water
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the cookies:
- With an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at time, and vanilla extract.
- Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just incorporated, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface, and knead the cookie dough on the floured surface 6-8 times. Roll the cookie dough with a rolling pin until it's about ¼ inch thick. Sprinkle and gently rub the top of the cookie dough with some flour. With a cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 8-10 minutes, then transfer to a wired rack to finish cooling.
For the icing:
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 5 minutes. For thinner icing, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time. Pipe or spread on cooled cookies.
Connie these are absolutely BEAUTIFUl! I love the detail on the snowflakes. Also I have the same snowflake cutter! I used them on a cake going on the blog soon! 🙂 Homemade gifts are the best – thanks for sharing these beautiful cookies! Also I like the new site header! 😀
Thank you Sarah!! I cannot wait to see your cake. I’m sure it’ll look amazing and taste incredible (:
I can not agree more, homemade gifts are THE best ever. It shows how much love, effort, and overall time that the person put into making that gift for you. Cutouts are one of my season favorites but they definitely take some time to do. The drizzled ones are my favorite 🙂
Thank you Christina! We are definitely on the same page about homemade gifts (: I’m so glad you feel the same way too!
The cookies are so beautiful, and sound absolutely delicious! These would be such a wonderful gift to give and get this season.
Thanks Rachel! I had a lot of fun making (and eating) them (:
These are gorgeous! I love homemade gifts too! I actually sent out some snowflake sugar cookies too! I have been itching to try out royal icing! Yours is gorgeous!
Thank you Lindsey! Royal icing is so much fun to work with, especially when you add food coloring to the mix (:
Connie, these are gorgeous cookies! I love how you decorated them – they are so pretty! I can just imagine receiving these as a gift in the mail – such a treat!
Thank you so much Kristi! Decorating was a lot of fun, but so much more work than I had anticipated!!
These are beyond gorgeous! I just love how perfect the sugar cookies look and the way you decorated them is so pretty and professional! I think I need some of your awesome decorating skills. LOL. Pinning!
You are too kind, Sarah!! Thanks so much (:
These look way too perfect! I love sugar cookies this time of year!
Thank you so much Katie! I agree! I think sugar cookies taste better in the winter (;
I hope you have a wonderful time in Kansas, Connie! These sugar cookies are absolutely gorgeous! I love how you decorated these. Sounds like your friends in Boston will adore these! Home-made gifts are definitely the best. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Gayle! I cannot wait to be there, and I’m definitely bracing myself for the cold. (:
These cookies are so pretty with that flawless royal icing! I’m usually too lazy to do royal icing, but it really does look so much nicer. Have a nice time in Kansas!
Thanks Marcie! Royal icing can be a lot of fun to use (: The only problem for me is that it dries so fast, so breaks are not allowed!
These cookies are gorgeous, Connie! They are the perfect holiday treat.
Thanks so much Jen! I just love a good sugar cookie during the holidays (:
Oh my goodness, these cookies are absolutely stunning, Connie!! You decorated them beautifully and they look just perfect!! Anyone would be super lucky to get these as a gift! Love them!
Thank you so much Kelly!! I couldn’t wait to pass them out (:
These look great, Connie! I hope you have a wonderful time in Kansas!
Thank you Liz!! (:
These cookies are beautiful, I love your decorating! I actually really love the simple drizzled ones, I think they’re so pretty! Homemade, edible gifts are the best!
Thank you Stacey!!
These look amazing!! Seriously!! They look so beautiful AND delicious!! Great recipe girl!! Love it! Have fun in Kansas for Christmas! 🙂
Thank you for your sweet comment, Cailee!
love how you decorated them…so cute! 🙂