Mary had a little lamb whose icing was as white as snow (or pink, if you prefer) thanks to a sprinkling of sanding sugar.

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Ingredients

For the Cookies:
For Decorating the Cookies:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Make the cookies: Sift flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl.

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  • Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, then vanilla. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough to a scant 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies using a 5-inch lamb cookie cutter, rerolling scraps once. Transfer to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake until edges just start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

  • Decorate the cookies: Transfer icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe an outline of icing around the edges, then "flood" each cookie with more icing to cover. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Let cookies dry completely before tying a pink or blue ribbon around each lamb's neck if desired.

Cook's Notes

Cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before using.

Reviews (3)

55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
03/06/2014
Here's one of the website links for royal icing: http://www.marthastewart.com/948031/royal-icing There are several variations if you search the MarthaStewart.com database. The printer icon is a light grey image you can find underneath the recipe title, to the left of the picture of the lamb cookies.
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2014
Where's the recipe for the icing?
Rating: Unrated
03/27/2013
Where is the print function? In this age when we are all concerned about the environment, it is amazing that now when if I was to print the recipe it prints 15 pages. Luckily I checked before I printed. Bring back the old format it was easier to read now the whole recipe cannot be seen on the screen without scrolling.
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