Decorating Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing


At the end of 2009 I was thinking back to all the baking I’d done that year and trying to figure out about how many decorated sugar cookies I had made.  I came up with an estimate of around 500.  That’s 500 cookies cutout, baked, and decorated by hand, by me (in a relatively small kitchen).  I bake cookies as gifts, as birthday favors, baby shower favors, party treats, for church pot-lucks, holidays, or just because.  There is just an endless number of cute cookie cutters, pretty icing colors, and decorating techniques that keep me inspired and always ready to make another batch of cookies.

I love my husband and children VERY much, but I sometimes see them simply as the obstacles preventing me from having a whole day to decorate cookies! =)

If you’d like to make some pretty cookies, here are all the link you’ll need to get started…

Perfect Sugar Cookies Recipe

Basic Cookie Decorating Tutorial

 (includes royal icing recipe and how to make cookies on a stick)

In addition, I would highly recomend the book Cookie Craft.  This is the most complete book I’ve found on decorating cookies.  The book is loaded with all the recipes, and step by step instructions you will possibly need, as well as lots of gorgeous photos.  Despite the number of cookies I’ve made, I still come back to this book for inspiration or to remind myself the details of a particular technique.

Once you’ve made your cookies, check out a post I did on Pretty Cookie Packaging.

For now, I’ll share with you a few of the cookies I’ve made in the last year.

Happy Decorating!


How to Make Royal Icing

sugar cookies topped with different colors of icing

Royal Icing

I simple yet yummy icing recipe that can be used in so many different ways!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 161 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar about 1 pound
  • 6 tablespoons warm water to start


  • Beat all ingredients until stiff peaks form.
  • Spoon some of the thick white icing into individual bowls and add coloring .
  • Add additional water, about 1 teaspoon at a time until you’ve reached the consistency you need.


Make sure all bowls and utensils are totally grease-free or your icing will never reach proper consistency.


Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 1gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 15mgSugar: 39gIron: 1mg
Keyword royal icing
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  1. Can the cookies be frozen after decorating?

  2. I have a baby boy shower to attend. I am so glad I found your blog and the pictures of the cookies..when I’m done baking and decorating the cookies I will post pictures I hope they look as good as yours

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and cookie knowledge.
    My daughter and i are going to make Christmas cookies together today.
    We will be using your recipes and tips. Thanks again 🙂

  4. I would love to make those adorable pink/white onsies for a baby shower I am hosting. Directions are where? Do you take orders? Sell?

  5. Where did you get the cookie cutters to make the margarita cookies?

  6. They look delicious!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I visit your blog almost everyday. Love seeing your stuff.
    I do have a question for you. If you are having a party how soon can you start making the cookies?

  8. your cookies are absoloutly beautiful

  9. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I love coming to your blog.

  10. I make some really awesome sugar cookies as well. However, I completely lack in the decorating dept. and I was dying for you to post this. THANK YOU!!!

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