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Sugar Cookies Recipe with Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies Recipe with Royal Icing

This delicious sugar cookies recipe paired with scrunchy royal icing is sure to please your pickiest sugar cookies taste tester.  
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 2 dozen


Sugar Cookies

  • 1 c unsalted butter softened
  • 1.5 c powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp coconut flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2.5 - 2.75 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Royal Icing

  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 5 T. meringue powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c. warm water


  • Make the cookies - Cream together butter and powdered sugar. Crack the egg into a separate bowl, and add the flavoring. Add the egg to the butter-sugar mixture and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add it in small increments to the butter and sugar mixture. Dough should not stick to your fingers.
  • Split dough in half and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. 
  • Remove dough from the fridge and roll out on parchment to about 1/4 an inch thick, use flour for dusting as necessary. Cut and bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes. 
  • Make the Royal Icing - Begin by stirring the flavoring into half the water.
  • Using a paddle attachment, gently stir the sugar and meringue powder. 
  • With the mixer on it's lowest setting slowly add the water/flavoring mix to the dry ingredients. 
  • Continue to add the remaining water until the mixture reaches a thick, honey like consistency {Note: you may not need all of the water}. Turn the mixer to medium speed and whip 2-4 minutes until this icing is thick and fluffy and forms a soft peak.
  • This stiff consistency can be colored if desired and used to pipe borders around your sugar cookies. 
  • To make your flood icing, use a spray bottle filled with water and spray small amounts into 1 cup of stiff icing until you can draw a line in the icing that becomes smooth again after about 14 seconds.
  • Design until your hearts content. Say Grace and enjoy!
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