A refreshing lemonade sugar cookie recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. Bright, tangy and sweet, these lemonade sugar cookies are a nice way to make an early welcome to spring!
This is a refreshing lemonade sugar cookies recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. Bright, tangy and sweet, these lemonade sugar cookies are a nice way to brighten anyone’s day. These cookies are perfectly balanced with sweet lemonade icing and a buttery tender sugar cookie.
The sugar cookie base is one that I like to use for all of my rolled cookies because it’s simple to roll, shape and decorate. I incorporated fresh lemon peel to the recipe to provide extra lemon flavor in the cookie and not just the icing. Making rolled sugar cookies are easy if you follow my step by step sugar cookie guide! If you are looking for more fun ways to decorate rolled sugar cookies, my sugar cookie decorating how-to post provides some easy and fun ideas!
There are various ways you can decorate sugar cookies. However, it all starts with a good royal icing recipe that is easy to use and dries relatively quickly. I use Wilton Gel Icing Colors for decorating my icing. A little bit goes a long way!
I like to use the “lining and dragging” technique which creates beautiful mosaic designs. You can also paint images directly on the cookie with some diluted gel coloring and brush on the dry icing surface. Although stylizing sugar cookies can be time-consuming depending on how elaborate the design, but it’s an excellent way to get creative in the kitchen and unleash your inner Picasso!
Traditional royal icing recipes call for pasteurized egg whites.
The egg whites help to add a bit of volume and shine to the icing while the proteins in the egg whites help to firm and dry the icing into a harder design. I prefer to use meringue powder because it uses dried egg whites (instead of raw) and doesn’t pose a food safety risk. Meringue powder does an excellent job in quickly providing stiffness the royal icing as it dries.