This post has all the basics for sugar cookie decorating - a fantastic sugar cookie recipe, a great frosting recipe, a tutorial, and ... Daleks!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Author: Marie Porter
Cake Decorating Set (Optional)
2 ¼cupsGranulated sugar
4Large egg whites
In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
Add in eggs and egg whites, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Add vanilla extract, and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
Mix remaining 3 ingredients together, carefully mix into wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
Wrap dough in plastic film, chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, line cookie sheets with parchment paper
On a floured counter, roll cookie dough out to about ¼″ thick (can be slightly thicker).
Use cookie cutters to cut out whatever shapes you’d like, place cookies 2″ apart on greased cookie sheets.
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms look lightly golden.
Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for at least 5 minutes before moving. Cookies need to cool completely before decorating.
In clean stand mixer, whip egg whites until foamy.
Add lemon juice, whip for another minute.
Slowly add powdered sugar until cookie icing reaches desired consistency. You will want a fairly thick frosting – but still smooth and workable – for piping details and borders.*
A good way to figure out if your frosting is the right consistency is to pull a spoon through the middle of the frosting bowl.– If the frosting settles out in less than 5 seconds, it’s too runny. Add a little more powdered sugar.– If the frosting settles out in 5-10 seconds, you’re good to go!– If the frosting takes longer than 10 seconds to settle, it’s too thick. Add a little water or lemon juice and try again.