These sugar cookies came out great! I used them to ask my bridesmaids/bridesman to be in our wedding. Besides looking amazing, they also taste amazing. So, here is how these came to be:
When I was in college, I met this girl in one of my dance groups who also had a food blog. At the time, her specialty was making amazing looking cookies. Now, she also blogs about clean eating and being gluten free. Please go check her out at: A Dash Of Megnut.
Of course, I looked to her when I decided that I wanted to bake these cookies. I adapted her sugar cookie recipe a bit and then I used a different recipe for the royal icing based on the ingredients that I had at home. Everything turned out amazing! I mean, look how pretty those dresses are :)
Bridesmaid/Bridesman Sugar Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 egg whites
2 tsp lemon juice
3 cups powdered sugar
food coloring and sprinkles (optional)
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the powdered sugar until well combined. Beat in the almond, vanilla, egg, and salt until well combined. Mix in the flour gradually until just combined. Place bowl in the fridge for about 20 minutes to chill.
2. Once chilled, preheat oven to 375 and grease or parchment paper a cookie sheet.
3. Take the dough out of the fridge and on a clean workspace, sprinkle some powdered sugar. Place the dough on the powdered space and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch in thickness. Use more powdered sugar as needed so that the dough doesn't stick. Cut cookies out using cookie cutters and place on prepared baking pan.
4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookies just start to turn light brown on the edges. Remove from oven and cool.
5. For the icing, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until they are light in color and then bean in the powdered sugar until well combined and the mixture looks smooth. Divide the icing into however many bowls you need based on how many colors you are using to decorate. I just did purple, black, and white. Then frost and decorate as you want!