This decorated sugar cookies recipe creates festive and beautiful cookies for the holiday season, using basic ingredients and easy-to-make royal icing. It's a fun and engaging way to add a personal touch to your holiday celebrations with delicious, homemade treats.
To make the cookies: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and egg to the mixture, blending well.
Combine both icing mixtures and whisk until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more water or sugar as needed. Aim for a texture that settles back smoothly within 12-15 seconds when lifted.