Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 13-15 minutes
Rest time: 2-3 hours/ overnight
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs. vanilla extract
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 egg whites at room temp
- 3-4 tbs. lemon juice
- 2 cups confectioners sugar (if the icing seems too thick add 1 tbs of water at a time until you reach the consistency that you like)
- In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix and set aside.
- Into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment add in the softened butter and sugar. Mix for a few minutes until the butter and sugar mixture are fully combined.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until everything is incorporated.
- Gradually start to add in the dry ingredients and continue to mix until everything is incorporated and the dough comes together.
- Lightly flour a clean surface and remove the dough from the bowl. Knead the dough by hand just to pull the dough together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and let sit for 8-10 minutes to allow it to come to room temperature.
- Cut the dough in half and working with one half at a time roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Taking your desired cookie cutters cut out the shapes of your cookies. Place on the baking sheet and bake 13-15 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies start to get slightly golden.
- Place on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
- To make the icing add in the egg whites into a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a hand held mixer mix until the eggs become frothy. Add in the lemon juice and mix for a few more seconds.
- Start to gradually add in the confectioners sugar about 1/4 cup of sugar at a time. Once the sugar is incorporated with the egg whites continue to add in more sugar. Do this until you get the consistency that you’d like.
- If the mixture becomes too thick you can thin it out by adding a tbs. of water or so.
- If you’d like to add food coloring make sure to separate the icing if you’re doing more than one color. You can also just keep it white or a single color and top with some sprinkles.
- Once the cookies are completely cooled start to ice your cookies and decorate them however you’d like. Set aside for a few hours for the icing to set and ENJOY!