Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

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With Easter around the corner I decided to give my colleagues a little something to say thank you before the holidays. Instead of going to the local supermarket and buying them the common chocolate easter eggs/bunny I wanted to make something special from me.  I decided to bake them Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.

This was my first time having made Royal Icing and I was quite nervous about whether or not I would get the consistency right.  I watched a few video’s on the web and one or two gave me a good idea of what the consistency should be.

I think the icing came out OK for my first attempt, they dont look flawless but I am happy with the outcome. I now feel more confident for when I make it again. I must say that the merigue powder is a must!

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Makes: 24 Cookies

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick (100g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Directions

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Set aside
  2. In a seperate bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Once creamed add the egg, milk and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined
  5. Transfer dough onto a clean work surface and shape the dough into two disks.
  6. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 deg (350 deg farenheit)
  8. Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside
  9. Remove the dough from the fridge and place them on a clean and lightly floured surface.
  10. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thickness
  11. Cut the dough into shapes of your choice and transfer onto the lined baking tray, leave an inch (25 mm) between each biscuit.
  12. Bake until lightly golden. My oven is very hot so it took about 5-6 minutes for my cookies to bake but it may take up to 10 minutes depending on your oven.
  13. Transfer to a wire rack to cool
  14. Once cool ice the biscuits with Royal Icing (optional)
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Royal Icing Recipe

  • 500g Icing Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup of water (dont use it all at once, pour in a bit at a time. You might need less or more.
  • Food colouring of your choice

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Directions

  • Mix the icing sugar and meringue powder together
  • Pour in the water and mix for 7 minutes. If the consistency is too thick add more water and if too thin beat for a few minutes more.

Consistency

  • For drawing a border around the biscuit you will need a thicker consistency. Make sure there are no bubbles in the icing, then take a knife and run it through the icing. The line shoud start disappearing  after 10 seconds (no sooner).
  • For filling/colouring in the biscuit the consistency needs to be a bit runnier. Draw the knife through the icing, the line should start disappearing before 10 seconds (about 5-6 sec).

Icing

  • Test the icing out on a piece of parchment paper before icing the biscuits.
These make cute gifts. Place the cookie in a cellophane bag, print a personalised label, fold the top of the bag and staple the note. Voila
easter gift
Recipe from marthastewart.com
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