Who doesn’t love Halloween treats, especially cookies when they are iced and nice? This Halloween, reinvent a simple sugar cookie recipe and add a special touch with royal icing decoration. Royal icing is easy to use and adds a festive glam to plain boring cookies. Organize your thoughts and ideas on a piece of paper before decorating the cookies with royal icing. The kids will enjoy eating it as much as you will enjoy decorating these.
Creative Halloween Treats: Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Halloween Treats Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Halloween Cookies Directions:
Place a fine mesh sieve or a sifter over a medium mixing bowl and add the flour and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar; using a hand held mixer on medium-high speed cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light in color and has a fluffy texture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and then add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and egg. Beat until blended, 1 or 2 minutes longer. On low speed, gradually add the sifted flour and salt, mixing until just blended.
Remove the dough from the bowl and cover with waxed or parchment paper. Place the dough on baking sheets and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or as long as 24 hours.
When you are ready to roll and bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cookie dough on the work surface and remove the top sheet of paper. Lightly dust the surface of the dough with flour. Roll the dough out starting from the center to an even thickness of 1/8-inch. Using decorative cookie cutters cut the dough directly on the parchment paper. Use a spatula to transfer the dough to the lined baking sheet. Place the cookies at least 1/2-inch apart.
Gather the dough scraps and reroll them to make additional cookies. Only reroll the dough once.
Bake the cookies 1 sheet at a time for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are golden around the edges and firm to the touch. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
The cookies can be stored in re-sealable plastic containers or cookie tins for 1 week. To frost the cookies prepare a recipe of royal icing as follows and decorate as desired.
Halloween Cookie Royal Icing:
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon milk
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat slowly until well blended. Then beat at medium-high speed until the icing forms stiff peaks, 6 minutes. If icing is not stiff enough add more sugar if it is too stiff add more milk. Use immediately or place in a plastic container with a lid until ready to use. Allow icing to dry for at least 24 hours before packaging.
Yield: About 2 1/2 cups
Remember to keep your designs simple enough to work with an icing bag and tip. The consistency of the royal icing should be such that it spreads evenly on the cookie with a spoon. If you are new with royal icing, it is a good idea to prepare some icing in a slightly thicker consistency and create an outline on the cookie before filling it with runny royal icing.
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