- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, gently beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Colored sugar and milk, for decorating, or Royal Icing, recipe follows
- Royal Icing:
- 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons meringue powder (egg white-colored powder)
- Food coloring, as preferred
Cream the butter and sugar inside a large bowl by having an electric mixer. Beat within the eggs and vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt inside a second large bowl and blend well. Stir the flour mixture in to the butter mixture 1 cup at any given time. Chill the dough for three or four hrs.
Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Unveil the dough and work into shapes with cookie cutters or perhaps a knife. Put the shapes around the prepared cookie sheet. If decorating with colored sugar, brush the cookies with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar (if using royal icing. leave incomplete). Bake before the cookies are simply starting to brown round the edges, ten to fifteen minutes, with respect to the size the cookies.
Take away the cookies to some rack to awesome completely. If using royal icing, decorate the cookies as preferred.
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Combine the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and threeOr4 cup water inside a large bowl. Mix gradually by having an electric mixer until stiff enough to create peaks the icing ought to be pure white-colored and thick, although not fluffy and bubbly. When the frosting has ended-beaten, it'll get aerated that makes it harder to utilize. Should this happen, allow the frosting sit to stay, after which make use of a rubber spatula to intensely beat and lessen the frosting.
Equal to 1 tablespoon food coloring and blend having a rubber spatula before the color is uniform. Gels would be best with royal icing. You won't want to thin all of them with liquid colors. Be cautious about adding an excessive amount of color, which cuts down on the sheen from the frosting and may break lower the consistency from the frosting over a few days. Keep icing at 70 degrees, covered, with plastic wrap at first glance.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups icing
Recipe thanks to Food Network Kitchens