Thanksgiving Royal Icing Cookies

I know that I’ve been kind of recipe centric ’round these parts lately.  I beg your pardon.  It’s just that this season brings out my inner foodie.  I intend to get back to some regular {non-recipe} blogging this week.  But not before I showcase the sugar cookies I made for Thanksgiving.  Like the Halloween ones I did, these were made with royal icing.  And because there were a few requests for that recipe, I’m sharing it now.  These would be perfect for Christmas baking with the kids, because once the royal icing is made and thinned and put into condiment squirt bottles, it’s super kid-friendly.  You end up with satiny-smooth cookies that are every bit as tasty (I promise!) as they are gorgeous.  Enjoy!

Winter White Sugar Cookies


2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 large egg
2½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Zest of half an orange
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, and orange zest until blended.  Mix in the flour, salt, and nutmeg on low speed just until incorporated.  Form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 1-2 hours.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375? F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.  Roll the dough out on a well floured work surface to about ¼-inch thickness.  Cut with cookie cutters as desired and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until fully cooked but not at all browned.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


3 Replies to “Thanksgiving Royal Icing Cookies”

  1. What type of food coloring do you use and where can it be bought? I enjoy these so much I have to give them a try.

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