Who’s in the mood for some lemon? These lemon cut-out sugar cookies with lemon royal icing will satisfy you. Let me just tell you, this lemon royal icing is amazing! In the July themed My Bakers Box I got a bikini cookie cutter and knew I had to make a yellow polka dotted bikini to go with my lemon theme.
I should also say this was my first successful cookie that I used royal icing on. I felt so confident that I nearly thought about making a youtube channel just to do some cookie decorating with royal icing. It was a close one except then I remembered that I’m not much of a talker. Maybe I could throw in some music instead? Ah well, it was a thought anyway.
My family (husband) hammered these cookies. They didn’t stand a chance looking all cute and polka dotted. It’s so funny I can work for 4 hours getting the frosting to look semi-pretty and they can be enjoyed in 30 minutes. It’s okay though, as long as I get my photos for the blog. I like to share all my goodies with you!
Lemon Cut-out Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
- 1 + ½ cups salted butter room temperature
- 1 + ¾ cups granulated sugar
- Zest of 1 medium lemon
- 1/2 tsp . lemon extract
- 1 egg
- 1 T . vanilla extract
- 4 c . all-purpose Flour
Lemon Royal Icing
- 2 T . meringue powder
- 3 T . water
- 1/2 tsp . corn syrup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 T . fresh lemon juice
- 2 T . lemon extract
- 2 - 3 lemon yellow drops
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter and sugar. Mix until the two ingridients are just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add in the zest of 1 medium lemon, lemon extract, and egg. Mix until combined.
- Add in the flour and mix on low until just combined.
- Lay down a piece of parchment paper on the clean work surface.
- Place the cookie dough onto the parchment paper.
- Either place of parchment paper on top or flightly flour the surface and roll out to cookie dough to the desired thickness. I recommend about 3/8 of an inch.
- Slip a baking sheet under the parchment paper and place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove from the freezer and cut out the cookies with the bikini cookie cutters.
- Place cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Place the remaining dough in a ball and roll back out. Place it back in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Bake the cookies for 10 - 12 minutes or until done. The edges will start to be golden brown.
- Let cool completely and then frost with royal icing.
Lemon Royal Icing
- In a mixing bowl, add in the meringue powder and water. Whisk until it becomes frothy. I did it about 1 - 2 minutes.
- Add in the corn syrup, powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice and lemon extract.
- Mix on low until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and mix thoroughly.
- Set aside about 1/3 cup of icing. Place in a disposable bag.
- Add the lemon yellow gel paste color into the remaining icing. Stir to combine.
- Add the icing into a disposable bag with a #2 tip. You can use a slightly bigger tip, if you have one.
- Outline and fill the cookies in with the yellow icing.
- Cut a very tiny hole in the tip of the white icing bag. Immediately place little dots in the filled cookies. Tap the cookies to even out the frosting.
- Let dry about 30 minutes.
- Add any details after the icing has crusted to help it stand out.
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