The 4th of July is a week from today! For all of my American readers, that means a day full of fireworks, BBQ, sunshine (hopefully), and celebrating America’s independence. I made cookies to celebrate!
If you are a new to decorating with royal icing, here are some helpful tips and links:
- I used my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe, which is listed below. Â Another good cut-out cookie recipe can be found at Bridget’s wonderful Bake at 350 .
- I used a royal icing recipe from Annie’s Eats , which is listed below.
- If you are new to decorating with royal icing, please visit this post by Annie’s Eats , which will teach you about outlining and flooding. Â Bake at 350  is also aÂ great resource for cookie decorating and ideas (I love Bridget’s book, too!).
Here are the specifics on how I made these cookies:
- I used a Wilton comfort-grip star cookie cutter (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
- I outlined and flooded the cookies using white royal icing
- The cookies were decorated with a variety of red, white, and blue sprinkles; some of the cookies were dipped directly into the sprinkles (’cause you can never have too many sprinkles, right?)
Omi’s Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients gradually. Chill the batter overnight or for at least 4 hours. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350F until goldenÂ (in true fashion, my grandma didnâ€™t give a specific baking time. I baked the cookies for about 8 minutes).
White Royal Icing
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5 Tablespoons water
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes). Â Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container. This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating. Add water a very small amount at a time and stir by hand until fully incorporated. Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping.