How to Make Royal Icing

Stuff you’ll need: 8 cups of powdered sugar, 3/4 cup of egg whites, large mixing bowl, sifter, whisk, rubber spatula, food coloring, small bowls, plastic baggies.

  1. Remove the lumps in the powdered sugar using the sifter. Sift into the large bowl.
  2. Pour 3/4 cup egg whites into large bowl with sifted powdered sugar. 
  3. Mix egg whites and sugar with the whisk. Tip: for thinner icing, add more egg whites, for thicker icing, add less egg whites.
  4. Use rubber spatula to divide the icing into several smaller bowls.
  5. Add a few drops of food coloring to the white icing in each bowl. Mix with spatula.
  6. Use right away before icing hardens. If you need to save it for later, put it in seal-able plastic baggies. Make sure you squeeze all of the air out of the baggie.

Be sure to check out the video on Royal Icing for more tips!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

 

Ingredients:

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4  cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 
Gingerbread Man Cookies

Makes 24 servings.

Prep time: 4 hours and 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes per batch

 

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cups butter, softened

3/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cups molasses

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  5. Press dough into a thick flat disc.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  8. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
  9. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with a 5-inch cookie cutter.
  10. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  11. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  12. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

Be sure to watch the My Life As videos to learn how to make Royal Icing and find fun Cookie Decorating tips.

Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies

Makes 6 dozen cookies.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes per batch

 

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture on low speed until well-mixed.
  5. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight until firm.
  6. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.
  7. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  8. Place on greased baking sheets.
  9. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 8 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute.
  11. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Be sure to watch the My Life As videos to learn how to make Royal Icing and find fun Cookie Decorating tips.