Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Wishing you all very Happy New Year in advance. Hope you are having a wonderful time with your dear ones during this festive season. I am having good time with attending holiday parties and experimenting new dishes at my kitchen. Unlike last couple of years, this year San Diego is bit colder and having rain quite often. It’s a good change for the sunny weather of San Diego. But this cold weather is perfect for baking. It’s an awesome way to warm your home. So I used this opportunity and did lots of baking in last few days, baked Christmas cookies, cakes, and some savory stuffs.

Today I will share the recipe of one of those, named Sugar Cookies. Some things just never lose their magical appeal. I tried many other type of cookies but delicate sugar cookies remained my favorite for years. Whether sprinkled with colored sugar, frosted or  decorated, they are as popular now as in the past. Sugar Cookies are usually made during this Christmas season. They are commonly made of sugar, flour, baking soda, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.

At first cookie dough is made and then it is rolled and cut into shapes by a cookie cutter. Finally it is baked until the edges are brown. Sugar Cookies are with sweet and tender crisp edges. These cookies are delicious with or without any icing . But If you want to decorate your cookies, there are many options. You can use frosting, sprinkles or both of them. Here I have used royal icing, that I have learned from the website called Joy of Baking. There are two ways of making royal icing. You can either use powdered sugar, egg whites and lemon juice or you can use meringue powder as a substitute of raw egg white. I would always like to use the second option. 

Recipe of Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing ( for about 2 to 3 dozens cookies )

Ingredients :

All purpose four : 3 cups 
Salt : a pinch 
Baking soda : 1 teaspoon 
Unsalted Butter : 2 stick ( 1 cup )
Sugar : 1 cup 
Eggs : 2 
Pure Vanilla Extract : 1 tablespoon 

Method :

1. Take a bowl and add flour, salt and baking soda to it. Whisk it together and set it aside. 

2. Now take sugar and butter in another bowl, beat it using hand mixer or electric mixture until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat it. Add vanilla extract and mix it until well combined.

3. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until the mixture forms smooth dough. Divide the dough into two parts. Wrap each part in plastic wrap and refrigerate it over night or at least 3 to 4 hours

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F ( 170 C ). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured surface to thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut out desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. 

6. Transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheets. Again put the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill it. 

7. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until the edges are just starts to get brown. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool. 

For Royal Icing 

Ingredients :

Powdered sugar : 3 cups
Meringue powder : 2 tablespoons 
Pure vanilla extract : 1/2 teaspoon 
Warm water : 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup 
Food coloring ( if you want to use ) 

Method :

Mix the sugar and meringue powder, until combined. Add the warm water and vanilla extract and beat it using hand mixer or electric mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. Check the consistency, to get the desired consistency you can add more water or sugar. 

Add food coloring, if desired and decorate the cookies as you wish. 

The icing hardens when it exposed to air, so transfer the leftover icing immediately to an airtight container. 

1 comment:

  1. I know I've been baking and eating so much more cookies than previous years...blame it on the cold I will too! Happy eating to warm up those bones!