Bite sized sugar cookies decorated with royal icing stars in shades of pink, dairy and gluten free.
FOR THE SUGAR COOKIES:
- 3/4 cups vegan butter (or real butter softened)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs (or two flax eggs: 2 tbsp ground flax + 7 tbsp warm water)
- 1 tsp vanilla (use gf vanilla or vanilla bean if gluten sensitive)
- 2 1/2 cups flour (or gf blend such as namaste or Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
FOR THE ROYAL ICING:
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 TBSP Meringue Powder
- 1/4 warm water
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla or almond extract.
- Pink gel food coloring
- 3 piping bags
- 3 star tips, such as Wilton 4B or similar
FOR THE SUGAR COOKIES
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
The the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together vegan butter and sugar until combined.
Mix in eggs ( or flax eggs) and vanilla until combined.
Pour in flour (gf option), baking powder and salt.
Mix on med-hi until combined.
You’ll know your cookie mix is ready when most of it sticks to the mixing paddle.
Roll dough out onto a floured surface (about 1/2 inch thick)
Cut into 3″ round shapes using a shot class or circle cutter.
Bake cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 3-4 minutes. (Pull from oven before brown)
Remove from heat and cool.
FOR THE ROYAL ICING:
Combine powdered sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Pour in extract then gently begin to add the warm water, a few drops at a time while mixing, until the icing reaches a thick consistency of toothpaste.
Once stiff, divide the white icing into 3 separate bowls.
Add 1-2 drops of pink gel coloring to the first bowl of icing.
3-4 drops of gel coloring to the 2nd bowl of icing and 5-6 drops of gel coloring to the 3rd bowl of icing.
Mix each bowl of icing until evenly combined, then transfer each color of icing to a piping bag, prepared with a star tip of choice. like Wilton 4B.
Gently squeeze a dollop of icing onto the center of each baked cookie round.
Change the color of piped icing for each cookie that you are decorating then set aside.
The cookies will only take a few minutes to decorate from start to finish and are ready to enjoy when the icing begins to harden.
Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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