Cut Out Cookies

These classic cut out cookies with royal icing use Florida Crystals® Organic Raw Cane Sugar and Florida Crystals® Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar to create a perfectly delicious palate for your creativity. They can be festively decorated for any occasion all year round, or in honor some of the items found around our family-owned farms!

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24 cookies
For the Cookies
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Florida Crystals® Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 ½ cups All-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
For the Icing
  • 4 cups Florida Crystals® Organic Powdered Raw Cane Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Meringue powder
  • 1/3 cup Warm water
  • As needed Organic food coloring

Step 1

In a large bowl, with the mixer at medium speed, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla and egg, mix until well combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Add to butter-sugar mixture. Mix at slow speed until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 4

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough about ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.

Step 5

Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool completely before icing.

Step 6

Prepare the icing. Combine all ingredients together in mixing bowl, except the food coloring.

Step 7

Beat on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium high and beat for 5 – 8 minutes, adding 2-3 tablespoons more warm water, as needed. Icing should be stiff enough to hold a peak when tested.

Step 8

Add food coloring of your choice, adjusting the amount depending on the intensity of the color you desire. Use this thick icing to outline cookies.

Additional Tips:

Use royal icing immediately. If you have left over icing, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.