Ballad Of The Royal Icing Sugar Cookie

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You know when you glomp onto a new idea and you just want to learn everything about it and try to figure out what it’s all about, hokey pokey style? In October I got mildly obsessed with royal icing sugar cookies. I’ve made these horridly time consuming things before. But this time – I turned my frown upside down and tackled royal icing sugar cookies with a new attitude – that slow and repetitive doesn’t have to mean painful. It can in fact be relaxing, meditative. That is, when you’re not cursing royal icing’s name for stiffening up or being too loose-y goose-y.

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These cookies, they look pretty cool, right? Like I know what I’m doing? I like to think I know a little bit more of what I’m doing, now that I read Patti Paige of Baked Ideas‘ book You Can’t Judge A Cookie By Its Cutter from cover to cover and obsessed over Sweet Ambs’ YouTube videos for hours straight until I went bleary eyed. Then, cookies baked and cooled, royal icing whipped and coloured and portioned, I went to town on these ice cream cones. It was so fun, and low key, and dare I say peaceful making these cookies. Plus, they’re cheaper to mess around with than macaron-making – something else I want to practice at.

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Sweet resources for getting wacky wild sugar cookie zone inspired: 

Basic sugar cookie recipe from Martha Stewart – that lady knows a thing or two.

Royal icing recipe using meringue powder! Take it easy adding tiny bits of water a little at a time.

The Alison Show: Alison’s Cookie Party (this video brings the PARTY into sugar cookie party! Fun modern ideas galore!)

I find just watching Sweet Ambs’ YouTube video tutorials I learn so much. Her level of detail is pretty amazing!

I came across Patti Paige’s cookie business Baked Ideas on Instagram and fell in love with her clever use of cookie cutters.

Holly Fox’s instagram is so perfectly colourful and well designed. Her cookies are modern and perfect!

Another sugar cookie kawaii master: my pal Vickie!

Kaori of Acorn Milk Sweets will knock your socks off with insane cuteness and colour palette!

Got any favourite cookie makers or tips you’d like to share? Or hell hath no fury like royal icing sugar cookie making? Hoping you’re well, cake friends! xo Lyndsay 

8 Responses to “Ballad Of The Royal Icing Sugar Cookie”

  1. mimi

    Thx for including the resources. I’ve been meaning to do more cookies too. It helps to know which recipes work so i don’t end up wasting much ingredients. Like what you said about macaron making ^.^

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      My pleasure, Mimi! Haha – yes, almond flour isn’t cheap but it is exciting when those macarons work out! Love what you’re doing with macs these days too and all your helpful tutorials! Thanks for stopping by! xo

  2. Courtney | Fork to Belly

    Ahhh these are so absolutely adorable!!!!! I’ll admit to spending hours watching SweetAmbs videos too–the Reindeer ornament one… o_o
    Also, where did you find such cute cookie cutters?!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hi courtney! hehe thanks so much! glad i’m not alone with the zoning out to sweet ambs videos… they are soooo mesmerizing! Sweet Estelle has really cute cutters, here’s an ice cream cone one:

      Thanks for stopping by! xo

  3. Efi

    Hi! One of the best resources is &! Hope they give you lots of inspiration!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hey thanks so much! awesome, i definitely know sweet sugar belle but haven’t been to lilaloa before. thanks Efi!

  4. Kate

    Those cookies are incredible, I don’t think I’ll ever get to that level. I always make Dorie Greenspan’s cut-out cookie recipe, they taste delicious, but are kind of hard to handle. I’m going to try Martha’s recipe today and see if that works better. Merry Christmas!!

    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      Hey thanks Kate!! Oooh yes Dorie is awesome, I’ll have to look up that recipe! Martha’s I find easy as 1-2-3! ^__^ Happy holidays to you!!

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