Ugly Sweater Christmas Cutout Sugar Cookies

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing decorated to look like tacky Christmas sweaters!

Servings 20 cookies

Ingredients

For the sugar cookies

  • 6 cups all purpose flour (2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (1 pound)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanill extract
  • parchment paper

For the royal icing

  • 16 ounces powdered sugar (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more if too thick (see below)
  • food coloring (I used Wilton icing gel)

Instructions

For the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder & salt (measuring the flour with a scale is the most accurate). Using a whisk, stir to combine and get the lumps out. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, add butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat another minute. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture.

  3. Blend until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a large piece of parchment paper. Use your hands to knead the dough for a few minutes. Divide the dough into two sections and wrap with parchment paper. Let chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

  4. To roll dough, place another piece of parchment paper on top of dough and roll with a rolling pin until the dough is between 1/8" and 1/4" thick. Cut into shapes and remove the excess dough. Don't move the shapes, leave them where they are and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until slightly golden brown around the edges. Let them cool and decorate with royal icing (or you can freeze them before decorating and keep them for several months). Makes 20 (3" cookies).

For the royal icing

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low for 6 minutes. It will be very thick and fluffy. Add 4-5 tablespoons of water and mix to combine. That's your medium consistency (it should be like toothpaste). Take half the icing and put in another bowl. Add another 1-2 tablespoons of water to that to make the thinner consistency. It should run off the spoon like Elmer's glue. That is your flood consistency. Divide and color as desired to decorate the cookies. Add medium consistency icing to a piping bag, cut a tiny tip off and pipe an outline around the outer edge of the cookies. Then fill in with flood icing. I poured my flood icing into a plastic squeeze bottle to make it easier to distribute. Let dry about an hour, then add decorations with the medium consistency icing.