Laura's Favorite Sugar Cookies


  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1-2 c powdered sugar (for rolling out)


  • Rpyal Icing (see instructions below)
  • Super Red, Super Black, Royal Blue, Leaf Green, and Yellow Gel Food Coloring
  • Fine Point Black Edible Pen
  • Silver and Gold Luster Dust
  • Lemon Extract
  • Variety of Sprinkles
  • Cardstock, Pen, Scissors, Ruler


  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, and set aside.
  3. Add egg, vanilla extract, lemon, and almond extract to butter mixture until just combined.
  4. Scrape down bowl, add flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  5. Roll out to ¼” thick and cut into shapes.
  6. Bake at 350 for 8-9 min.

Royal Icing


3 T meringue powder
● 4 c powdered sugar
● About ½ c water, sometimes more or less
● A few drops of almond extract
● Super Red, Super Black, Royal Blue, Leaf Green, and Yellow Gel Food Coloring (I usually use Americolor )
● Silver and Gold Luster Dust
● 2 T Lemon Extract
● Fine decorating brush (looks like a fine paintbrush)
● Flour/Sugar Sifter
● #1, #2, #16, and #32 decorating tips, couplers, ziploc or piping bags
● Silver Ball Sprinkles (these ones are shiny)
● Silver sugar sprinkles
● White ball sprinkles


  1. Sift powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Add meringue powder and mix together slowly.
  3. Add almond extract and water.
  4. Whisk on high for about 5-6 min, adding water as necessary.
  5. Icing should be stiff, but smooth enough to flow through a piping bag/decorating tip (it’s hard to describe).