I found this on Soul Kitchen's blog last week, but every time I open thatblog it jams up my computer, so I'm posting it here. I found some snowflake cookie cutters (finally!) and Dball & I are going to make this recipe for our family and friends. We may even ship it to folks- don't know how that will go!
No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe
6 cups flour
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture. Mix well.
Chill for 1 to 2 hours
Roll to desired thickness (I like ¼ inch) and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe
can make up to 8-dozen 3" cookies.
2 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 cup water
About 2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon flavoring such as vanilla, lemon, orange or almond (optional)
It's easiest to make royal icing if you use a large electric mixer. You can make smaller quantities in a small bowl and just stirring with a spoon.
Put confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and flavoring in mixing bowl. Start mixer and add water a little at a time until you get the desired consistency. It's best to keep it a little stiff at first and thin it later to pipe or fill.
Mix until smooth and shiny.
Take out portions of it to tint with food coloring. Keep the icing you are not working with covered with a damp cloth or paper towel so it doesn't dry out.