Cutout sugar cookies, outlined and flooded with icing, are a sweet holiday tradition. Decorate cutout cookies the easy way with our quick recipe for lookalike royal icing (no eggs needed!). Plus, you'll love our simple trick for professional-looking cookies literally anyone can make. See how we do it!
Easy Royal Icing Tips
- To make THIN icing for flooding cookies: In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract called for in recipe (below). Add enough milk until smooth and desired spreading consistency.
- To make THICK icing for outlining cookies: Transfer 1/2 cup of the icing mixture to a bowl, and add more powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time until thick enough to pipe from a small plastic squeeze bottle or decorating bag. Icing should be thick enough to hold its shape (and not spread out) when you pipe a small line on a test cookie or piece of parchment paper.