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Classic Sugar Cookies

Traditional sugar cookies with royal icing.

  • Yields: 32 cookies
  • Preparation: 4 hours

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups (560mL) flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) salt
  • 3/4 cup (175mL) GAY LEA - Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp (8mL) vanilla

Icing

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups (500mL) icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) almond extract
  • pinch salt, fine
  • food colouring, optional

Instructions

For cookies:
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixer on high until lightened in colour, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix to combine. Add flour mixture and stir until mixed. Divide dough in half and wrap both in plastic wrap. Flatten each into an inch thick disc and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  4. Turn one dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and transfer to the prepared pan, an inch apart. Bake until lightly golden around edges, about 12 to 14 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough baking and cooling as directed.
For icing:
  1. Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk over medium-high until foamy. Add icing sugar, a spoonful at a time, until mixture is glossy and thick. Add vanilla and almond extracts and salt, whisk for 1 minute.
  2. Colour icing, if desired (if using more than one colour, spoon the icing into separate bowls and colour accordingly). Cover the surface of any icing you are not using with a wet paper towel and cover tightly with plastic wrap until ready to use.
For line decorated cookies:
  1. Spoon icing into a piping bag fitted with a small writing tip. Pipe desired designs onto cookie shapes and decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Set aside to dry
For filled cookies:
  1. Spoon a small amount of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a small writing tip. Pipe border around cookie shapes and allow to dry. When ready to fill, loosen remaining icing with a small amount of water until a thick pourable consistency (if piping designs over filled cookies, set some thick icing aside). Use a small spoon to portion the icing into piped border. Using a toothpick, gently move the icing to the border until filled and flat. Set aside to dry.
  2. To pipe designs over filled cookies, spoon remaining thick icing into a piping bag fitted with a small writing tip. Pipe designs onto cookies and set aside to dry.
Photo of - Classic Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups (560mL) flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) salt
  • 3/4 cup (175mL) GAY LEA - Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp (8mL) vanilla

Icing

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups (500mL) icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp (2mL) almond extract
  • pinch salt, fine
  • food colouring, optional