My favorite sugar cookie recipe can be found at Fancy Flours. The only addition I make is to add 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
When I decorate sugar cookies, I use an icing made of meringue powder, powdered sugar, and water. I like to make small batches at a time, since I like to mix all of my frosting colors at once. I mix together 1 spoon of meringue powder, 4 heaping spoons of powdered sugar, and 1 1/2 spoons of water. Then I stir the icing slowly in a bowl until the ingredients are combined. Depending on the consistency, I'll add more powdered sugar or more water until the icing resembles Elmer's glue.
After I mix in some food coloring (I like to use Wilton gel coloring), I'll add some of the icing into a plain sandwich bag. To the rest of the icing left in the bowl, I'll add a few more drops of water. Then I'll add the rest of the icing to another sandwich bag. I like to do this because I have the exact same color icing in a thick consistency for outlining and detail work, and a thinner icing for filling in the cookie designs.
I like to use sandwich bags to decorate with because I think it's actually easier than using a pastry bag with a tip. For the sandwich bag, I simply snip off the smallest tip of a corner to use for decorating. Here's what it should look like (even though this icing was used for a different set of cookies.)
I also like to use the back of a spoon to spread the icing to where I want it to go on the cookie.
After I had made these cookies, I was looking at my color choices and thought they would be perfect for a Disney Princess party. The yellow one immediately reminded me of Belle, green of Tiana, purple of Ariel.... then I wished I had done a light blue one also.
I think these Spring sugar cookies look grown up enough for a regular tea party as well 🙂 They will definitely be on the menu for when Downton Abbey starts up again.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Also, if you make these Spring sugar cookies, I'd love to see them. Take a picture and share it on my Facebook page, and make sure to check out my cookie board on Pinterest. Happy Spring!