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How to Make Holiday Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Making Christmas sugar cookies is a staple in our household, and I think it's safe to say it's a staple in yours too. Today I am teaching you how to make holiday sugar cookies with royal icing so you can take your baking game to the next level. (Santa will put you on the ice list for all your extra effort.)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipe, holiday, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 133kcal


For the sugar cookies:

  • 1 package Foodstirs Sweet Tooth Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 tablespoons butter cold and cubed

For the royal icing:


  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on low speed until creamy, then blend in egg.
  • Slowly add in sugar cookie mix and blend until incorporated.
  • Gather dough in a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap dough in plastic and freeze for 20 minutes, until dough is firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from freezer. Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to about 1/4" thick. Cut with desired holiday cookie cutters. Place cookies 1" apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes until edges lightly browned. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • While cookies cool, prepare the royal icing. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on low speed, until foamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar until the shiny and stiff peaks form.
  • Divide icing into separate bowls for desired icing colors. Mix in a pea-sized amount of gel food dye until blended. Pour each color into separate piping bags, fitted with a #2 icing tip. Create an icing outline on the sugar cookies first. Let set for about 5 minutes, then flood the middle with icing until completely filled and smooth. Add any desired sprinkles or accessories while icing is wet. Let icing set, then add additional frosting decorations and details. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg