I have never worked with royal icing before. I know I will need a lot of practice, but on a happy note the icing consistency was perfect! The only thing I have to work on is technique. I found a great sugar cookie recipe on Annie’s Eats.
The dough came out really well and it was easy to work with!
The cookies came out well and sturdy after 8 min of baking , any less and they are too soft.
I started icing the cookies completely but then decided to try my hand at piping.
My experimentation with piping, by the way the icing is in a zip lock bag with one tiny corner cut off.
Ella’s White Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour
Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool. Yields ~40 cookies.
I found this royal icing recipe online from http://www.joyofbaking.com/RoyalIcing.html. I used the egg whites and powdered sugar recipe.