Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
Cut into Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, and every other holiday design imaginable, these are classic holiday treats in the U.S. The cookies themselves are pure buttery comfort, but when decorated with royal icing, sprinkles, dragees, and sanding sugar, they're elevated to cultural icons, beloved by children and grown-ups alike. Plus, they're almost as much fun to make as they are to eat.Todd Coleman

This simple icing, perfect for decorating sugar cookies, dries to a hard, glossy finish. To evenly pave the top of a sugar cookie, watch our video of How to Flow Royal Icing »