These crisp, lemony sugar cookies will lend a touch of whimsy to a spring shower, but you can enjoy them anytime -- regardless of the weather.

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Ingredients

For the Cookies
For the Royal Icing

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375. Make the cookies: Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

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  • Put butter, granulated and confectioners' sugars, vanilla seeds, and zest into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 batches; mix until combined.

  • Roll out dough between 2 pieces of floured parchment paper to 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.

  • Remove parchment. Using a 3-inch umbrella cutter, cut out shapes. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until pale golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

  • Make the royal icing: Put confectioners' sugar, meringue powder, and 1/4 cup water into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on low speed 10 minutes. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip.

  • Decorate each cookie with icing, and then immediately sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Cook's Notes

Leftover icing can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Reviews (7)

20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
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04/01/2011
Again the preheat oven when you weon't be usiong the oven for about an hour plus. Why can't they get this one direction correct? Mykele
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04/01/2011
@michelpentecost I've never worked with Royal Icing but Gingerbread Houses last a long time. The cookie itself will stale before Icing spoils. Freezing is O.K, but line wax or parchment paper between layers of cookies to protect icing.
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04/10/2008
I found this source on the internet for a cookie cutter. Hope this helps! :0) http://www.cookiesinseattle.com/product.php?id=3463
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04/10/2008
Any idea how long will these cookies last once iced? And can they be frozen after being iced?
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04/10/2008
i FOUND THIS COOKIE CUTER IN A CONTAINER OF WI LSONS EASTER ONES IT HAD 20 IN THE PACKAGE..
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03/19/2008
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03/18/2008
someone can tell us where we can buy online this kind of cookies cutter? thank U!