Butter Cookies and Royal Icing

butter cookies

Non-Xmas office parties are coming up and Secret Santas are getting exchanged. I had pretty much nothing to do all day and wanted to try something I’ve never done before: Royal Icing.

I always see all these fabulous videos on Facebook of this girl decorating cookies like it was the easiest task in the world and she does amazing stuff. Then of course I saw a picture of the embroidered flowers made with royal icing and I just had to try it! However,  I did not and still do not have the right equipment to do that so I just made other simpler drawings 🙂


Cookies: found this recipe on food.com and rounded up some of the numbers and it’s pretty good!

270gr butter

180gr sugar

1 tsp salt

470 gr flour

1 egg yolk

1 tsp milk (the dough was too crumbly I needed to add some)

Royal Icing: (these amounts were perfect for these many cookies)

2 egg whites

2 tsp lemon juice

2 1/2 cups icing sugar (you can add more if you like, depends on the consistency).

For the Cookies:

Beat butter and sugar together. Add the salt, yolk and flour. Knead on the counter top. If it is very crumbly like mine was, add some milk, very little at the time without exaggerating. Once it’s smooth, make a ball wrap it in cling and let it rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Turn on oven 180°. Cover two trays with parchment. Roll out the cookie dough on a floured surface and cut out circles with a glass or cookies cutter.

Place on the trays and then bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

butter cookies

While they are cooling, make the royal icing by placing egg whites in a bowl with the lemon juice and adding icing sugar little at the time. It should reach a thick dense consistency.

I divided the icing in three bowls and coloured one orange (combined red and yellow), and blue and the last I left white. I filled three piping bags with a thin nozzle.

To start with, draw and outer circle in the cookie to delineate where you are going to colour in. Then make concentric circles within the border and with a toothpick making small circular movements fill in the gaps and even out the colour.


While the icing is still wet I made different designed and combined different colours.

To make the waves (not sure how they are actually called) or arrow patters, draw parallel lines across the cookie. Drag a tooth pick perpendicularly from the lines pulling down.

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If you want to make a bit different you can alternate the movement going down and up, down up till the end and have this effect


To make webs, draw concentric circles, starting from the middle with a dot and then bigger circles. With a toothpick, starting from the centre, drag towards the outer lines of the cookies.


For the flowers, same procedure with the circles, just drag the toothpick the opposite way so from the outside towards the centre of the cookie.

When you are done, leave them to set and dry. I left them overnight and then took them in the office the morning after.


Ciao for now and enjoy these goodies! xox



5 thoughts on “Butter Cookies and Royal Icing

    1. That is adorable! These are actually great to make as a day activity with kids it takes a good couple of hours and they can play with colours and designs ☺️

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