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Royal Icing Sugar Cookie RecipeFor the Cookies
Ingredients: 1 sticks of butter (softened), 1 c. powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 t vanilla, 1/2 t almond extract (optional), 2 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 t salt
Instructions: Cream the butter and eggs. Add the extracts. Mix in the flour and salt. Cover and chill for two hours. Roll about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes and bake at 375 for 12 minutes.
*You can freeze the dough in a Ziploc freezer bag. Just thaw it overnight in the fridge. Set it out in it's not totally thawed, but you want it to be chilled and not mushy or the shape won't hold well.
For the Icing
Ingredients: 4 T meringue powder, 1/2 c. water, 7-8 c powdered sugar (more will created a thicker icing-8 cups would be good for outlining, 7 cups for flooding), 1 t. vanilla, 2 T Crisco, 2 T light corn syrup
Instructions: Mix the meringue powder and water on high until it's fluffy and the white makes peaks (this takes a few minutes-at least five). Add the rest of the ingredients.
*Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a month.