Sugar Cookies for Frosting
Sugar Cookies for Frosting
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Sugar Cookies for Frosting

30 MIN
10 MIN
1 H
45 cookies, approximately


Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing


  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F). Lining one to two baking sheets with parchment paper. You'll do about four batches (your sheet filled with cookies x 4 in the oven). 


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and vanilla using an electric mixer for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue beating until smooth. At low speed or with a wooden spoon, combine with the dry ingredients that you have put aside.
  3. With your hands, shape the dough into two discs. Cover them with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  4. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 3 to 5-mm (1/8 to 1/4-inch) thick. Cut out cookies, using a cookie cutter of your choice. Spread the cookies of the same size on the same sheet, because the cooking time may vary.
  5. Bake, one sheet at a time, from 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let them cool. 

Royal Icing

  1. In a bowl, gently beat the egg white and icing sugar with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until it forms soft peaks. You can color the icing the color of your choice.
  2. Using a pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip, decorate your cookies.


Do not throw out the leftover dough. You can roll it and make more cookies.


  1. Made those cookies twice with my child. Both times they came out perfectly. Highly recommended!

  2. I have done this recipe every Christmas for the past 3 years. It is a go to recipe around the holidays. It is easy, quick, and the cookies turn out perfect everytime!

  3. This entire recipe is a disaster. I followed the recipe and did exactly as it instructed. The cookie dough is thin and won’t roll out. I had to add an extra 1/2 c of flour just to make it manageable. The cookies fell apart when transferring them to the baking sheets. The “royal icing” was more like a royal ball of icing sugar. No way you can spread that monstrosity. My kids and I are very disappointed. Lots of ingredients wasted on this.

  4. These cookies turned out deliciously. Love this recipe.

  5. Great recipe

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