I have shared before my favorite sugar cookie, Dorie Greenspan’s All-Occasion sugar cookie, but I haven’t said much about how to make and use royal icing to decorate the cookies. I had so much fun making these sugar cookies for the baby shower. I know there are actual onesie cookie cutters out there, but due to my lack of planning I didn’t have time to order one before the shower, so I improvised and didn’t have to purchase a thing! These cookies are an all around win for me…they are super fun to make and decorate and good to eat too! Royal icing uses an ingredient called meringue powder. I was unfamiliar with this ingredient until my Wilton cake courses. The powder can be found at many craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and/or AC Moore. Since I was in a time crunch, I didn’t get to take pictures of the process, but I do know of a good tutorial, so if you are a picture person click here.
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons water
Mix all ingredients on low speed until incorporated. Add more water of icing is too stiff. If you are going to color the icing, divide the icing into a separate container for each color.
Place icing into piping bag and outline the cookies with desired colored icing. Let icing dry before moving to the next step.
Using desired color for filling, start adding more water into the icing, until it reaches an almost liquid consistency. Squeeze icing onto cookie and use a toothpick to distribute the icing evenly, making sure all areas are covered. Let icing dry before adding any additional detail to the cookies.