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Heart Sugar Cookie with Royal Icing

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Heart Sugar Cookie with Royal Icing

Ingredients

  • FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 sticks Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • FOR THE ROYAL ICING:
  • 2 whole Large Egg Whites
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • 2 drops Each Food Coloring Paste Colors Of Your Choice

Preparation

Note for those with sensitivities: The icing uses raw egg whites. Substitute another frosting recipe if desired.

For the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Divide dough in half, wrap each half with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a floured heart-shaped cookie cutter, and transfer cookies to the prepared baking tray. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Repeat with the other section of chilled dough. Group the scraps into a ball, refrigerate and use it to make additional cookies.

Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time.

Remove from oven and let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the royal icing:
Put the egg whites and lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Using your whisk attachment of a stand or handheld mixer beat to combine the egg whites and lemon juice. Add sifted sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Add more sugar or water to get the right spreading consistency.

Divide icing equally into small bowls, depending on the number of colors you want to make. Add coloring paste into each bowl, a drop at a time until you get the right color. Use the icing immediately, or cover with plastic wrap as it hardens when exposed to air.

Frost cooled cookies with royal icing. Let the royal icing dry completely before storing. This may take several hours or overnight.

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