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Recipe of the Month- Perfect Sugar Cookies

We can’t remember where we found this sugar cookie and royal icing recipe, but we’ve received such high praise for it we thought it was time to share. The cookies hold their shape well and have great flavor, making them perfect for decorating. This is Amanda's go-to recipe!


decorated sugar cookies


Sugar Cookies


2 cups of butter, softened

2 cups of white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 lbs (6 cups) of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt (less if butter was salted)

1 Tablespoon of baking powder


  • In a mixer cream butter and sugar together until light, 3-5 mins 

  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix well

  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl

  • Gradually add four mixture to dough and beat until just combined

  • Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness, cut into shapes, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. The trick is to pull them from the oven before the edges start to brown


cookies cooling


Royal Icing


5 Tbsp meringue powder

1 tsp cream of tartar

3/4 cup warm water

2 lb bag of powdered sugar

1 tsp corn syrup

1-2 Tbsp emulsion or extract of choice.


  • In mixer bowl, pour the warm water, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy.

  • Pour in all the powdered sugar and mix on the lowest speed using the paddle attachment for 10 minutes. Scrape down the sides after the first couple of minutes to make sure all sugar is incorporated.

  • Add corn syrup and emulsion/extract during the last couple of minutes of mixing.


sugar cookie


Decorating with Royal Icing can be tricky, we recommend checking out some of the videos below!


This is a great video demonstrating the different Royal Icing consistencies. It should be noted that our recipe is too runny for the first two consistencies.




Learning how to decorate using royal icing? The simple designs in this video are a great place to start!





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