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Decorated Santa Sugar Cookies with royal icing

Heart Decorated Sugar Cookies

Make these adorable Heart Decorated Sugar Cookies using simple ingredients and a cookie cutter. The best rolled sugar cookies recipe.

Course Crafts, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword decorated sugar cookies, royal icing sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 355 kcal
Author Jessica Robinson

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Royal icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 5 tablespoons water

Instructions

Rolled sugar cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.

  2. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined thoroughly. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula occasionally.

  3. Place the cookie dough into a large Ziploc bag and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cookies carefully onto parchment lined half sheet pans, leaving a little space for them to expand.

  5. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool completely before decorating.

Royal icing

  1. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat all ingredients at medium speed until icing forms peaks and loses its sheen, 7-10 minutes.

  2. If peaks are not forming, increase the mixer speed and continue to beat. To prevent drying, cover the bowl with a damp cloth while working with icing.

Recipe Notes

TIP:

For royal icing you need to make certain your mixing bowl and spatula are clean and free of any grease. If not, the icing will not set correctly.

To thin out royal icing, beat egg whites with a few teaspoons of water. Gradually add to your individual bowls of icing to get different consistencies of icing. Be sure and cover icing bowls with damp cloths or it will harden!

Nutrition Facts
Heart Decorated Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 406IU8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.