A few weeks ago I bought a Royal Icing mix, which has been impatiently waiting for me ever since. And then, finally, I did it! And it wasn’t half as complicated as I had expected. Sure, my cookies are not at all perfect and not very sophisticated either. Still, I loved making them and they were also really delicious.
In the future, I will most probably use meringue powder only and add all the other ingredients myself (mainly for economic reasons 😉 ). Therefore, I also give you a recipe for the Royal Icing, even though I just used the store-bought mix.
Happy Notes Cookies with Royal Icing
Preparation time: 15 min + 1h decoration time
Baking time: 7-8 min
Yield: about 30-40 cookies (depending on their size)
- 230g butter (soft)
- 165g confectioners‘ sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. vanilla-extract
- 475g flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- food colouring (preferably gel)
- notes cookie cutter
- piping bag with a round tip (max. 2 mm)
- Royal Icing Mix OR:
- 440g confectioners‘ sugar
- 30g meringue powder
- ½ tsp flavour (e.g. vanilla, lemon, bitter almond)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tin with baking parchment.
- Whisk butter and confectioners‘ sugar until creamy. Add vanilla extract and slightly beaten egg. Continue to whisk.
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add bit by bit to the butter mixture and knead until you have a firm dough. Let it rest in the bowl for 2 minutes.
- Roll out on a floured work surface until 6 mm thick. Cut out the notes.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 7-8 minutes– they should not get brown. Let the cookies cool down completely before decorating!
- Prepare the Royal Icing (in case you use a store-bought mix, skip this step and prepare the Royal Icing according to the instructions on the packing): Sieve the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and add the meringue powder. Add lukewarm water (you can boil it first) into the bowl bit by bit and whip with an electric whisk for about 6-7 minutes. The consistency of the mixture should resemble the consistency of toothpaste.
- Frame the notes in white. Use your piping bag with a round tip of 2mm at the most.
- Separate the Royal Icing into small bowls. Colour each as you wish and add a few drops of water until the consistency reminds you of shampoo. Put a small dap of the mixture on your cookie to „flood“ it. Use a toothpick to evenly spread the icing. Let it dry. If you like, you can now further decorate your notes with dots, happy faces etc. using the mixture in your piping bag.
(The happy notes are my own decorating idea; recipe after „Klitzekleine Glücklichmacher“ by Daniela Klein from “ein klitzekleines Blog”)
To get a printed version: Download the pdf.
(Both English and German versions available!)