Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Kara and I have been wanting to work with royal icing for awhile now. We see other bloggers doing it and their results are fantastic. I absolutely love the smooth texture and vibrant colors. We tried it out for the first time and quickly started to get the hang of it. But we’re still novices so don’t judge!

We decided on chocolate sugar cookies from Annie’s Eats, and they were scrumptious. Because we bake so much around here, we try to give away most of the sweets we make. We do. Honest. It’s just not safe letting them sit around the house. But these cookies were so good they remained in a Ziploc bag on my counter, and I ate more than I’d like to admit.

Notes: It is hard to accurately determine the yield since cookie cutters come in all shapes and sizes; it really depends on the size of your cutter. But let me warn you that we only got 11 cookies using a shamrock cutter that was no larger than 3 inches. Therefore it may be a good idea to double the recipe.

Also, because this was our first time working with royal icing the process was a guessing game to us and our picture directions are subpar. It took us a while to get the consistency just right, not to mention the actual designs on the cookies! Karen’s Cookie Blog and Pennies on a Platter were both extremely helpful guides, so please reference those sites until we become pros!

Here's what you'll need for the cookies

Start by whisking together flour, cocoa powder and salt

Cream butter and sugar

Then beat in the egg and vanilla

Slowly add in the dry ingredients

Mix until just incorporated

Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours

When it's out of the fridge roll it out to about a quarter inch thickness

Start your cookie cutting! Kara pointed out at the end that I was using the wrong side of the cutter

Gently place them on a parchment lined baking sheet

Bake until just set, then allow them time to cool completely

While the cookies cool, start your royal icing. Here's what you'll need

Mix together all your ingredients until stiff peaks form

These look like stiff peaks to me

…few steps skipped…glaze your cookies

Decorate as desired

This one was pretty cool minus that first line

All in all our finished product was great and they were yummy!