Well, hello! Merry Christmas! Welcome to this post where I try to bake Christmas cookies with my sister using royal icing made from scratch.
In October, I baked sugar cookies for the first time and attempted to decorate them with icing. Which wasn’t a complete disaster, but they looked a bit messy. This time, I’ve tried a new recipe, and I’ve used new cutters to create the traditional Christmas cookies that are so popular in cheesy romantic Christmas movies. Baking cookies with my sister made me feel like a character in the Lara Jean books.
Sugar cookies recipe
Ingredients for 30/40 cookies (I got 38)
- 250g of butter at room temperature
- 150g of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
- 500g of flour
I used the recipe that came with my cookie cutters set, and it was very easy to follow:
- Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and egg in a bowl.
- Add the flour bit by bit while working the dough.
- Once the dough is ready, make a ball and leave it in the fridge for around 30 minutes wrapped in cling film.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a thickness of approximately 5mm and cut using cookie cutters.
- Bake in the oven at 180°C for 13-15 minutes.
When I baked the Halloween cookies, I was able to use store-bought icing and added milk to make it thinner so it would be easier to spread. But because I’m currently in Spain spending Christmas with my family, it’s been impossible to find ready-made icing, that’s just a thing we don’t use here. So I’ve attempted to make it myself following this recipe.
Ingredients for the icing:
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops of lemon
- 200g of powdered sugar
- Food colouring (which I had to buy online because I couldn’t find it anywhere in my hometown)
- Beat the egg white until stiff peak form and slowly add the powdered sugar.
- Add the lemon drops and mix until it doubles its volume.
- Add the food colouring.
I think this time the cookies ended up looking better than the ones I made for Halloween. The decoration process was a bit chaotic, but I liked mixing colours and designing each cookie’s style.
Finding the right colour for each design was a bit tricky because I only bought four colours: red, blue, yellow and green, which once mixed with the white icing, turned light and pastel.
It was hard to get vibrant primary colours. The traditional Christmas aesthetic I was going for turned out to be more like pastel summer, with pink instead of red, and lime green instead of dark green.
But overall, the cookies taste great, look good, and I will definitely follow this recipe again next year!