Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

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Easy Crunchy Buttery Sugar Cookies Recipe with no spread perfect for any shapes and a Royal Icing Recipe with easily available ingredients at home, no meringue powder only egg whites and homemade confectioners sugar that anyone can easily make at home be it beginners or bakers. This is an easy fail proof recipe to get perfectly shaped sugar cookies.

These butter cookies not only tastes incredible, they look quite stunning. I have shown few easy designs that can be done by anyone.

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing



  • 1/2 Cup | 113gm Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup | 100gm Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla essence
  • 2 Cups | 250gm All Purpose Flour
  • 6Tbsp | 40gm Cornstarchย 
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Royal Icing with Egg Whites

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 Tbsp Lemon juiceย 
  • 1 pound | 453gm | 31/2 Cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence (optional)

To make Confectioners Sugar

  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugarย 
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarchย 


  • Beat butter till smooth. Add sugar, beat till creamy. Add egg & vanilla essence. Mix well. Sift the flour, cornstarch & salt together into the wet mix in two batches. Knead into a smooth dough.ย 
  • Roll it out using a cling wrap to 1/4 inch thickness. Refrigerate for sometime. Cut out Hearts using cookie cutters, place them on a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze 1 hr.
  • Bake @180C for 12 mins. Do not let them get brown. Allow to cool completely.
  • For Royal Icing, beat egg whites till frothy. Add the siftedย  confectioners sugar bit by bit mixing well. Add Lemon juice, beat till stiff peaks form. Color them in separate bowls. Use this stiff consistency for piping letters or borders.ย 
  • For Flood consistency, add few drops of water bit by bitย  till ribbons disappear after few seconds. Use this for filling the cookies or dots or designs. Allow to dry overnight on a tray for the icing to be firm.ย 



Use Gel food colors for coloring the royal icing. Allow the cookies to dry completely overnight on a tray. I usually place them under a running fan. Once they are dried they can be stacked and placed in an airtight container.ย 
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