Help everyone find their seat with these festive sweets.
Sugar Cookie Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted buter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 pounds confectioner's sugar
2 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder
Scant 1/4 cup water
Edible ink markers
Let's get Cooking...
Bake the Cookies:
Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. Add the milk to the mixture along with the egg and vanilla, and mix well. Then slowly add the flour mixture until it is just combined.
Shape the dough into a ball, then divide it into two balls. Wrap them in plastic wrap. Place them in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
Lightly dust some flour onto your countertop, and roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2-inch circle-shaped cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 10 minutes at 350F, until lightly golden. Transfer these to cooling racks and allow to fully cool.
Make the Royal Icing:
Place the confectioner's sugar, meringue powder and water into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 7 minutes until the mixture is smooth and when drizzled, stays on the surface for a few seconds. If you find that the icing is too thick, gradually add a few more drops of water.
Divide the icing into as many bowls as you like and dye it your desired colors. Transfer the icing to piping bags fitted with small, round piping tips.
Using the icing for the base of the cookie, pipe a border of icing around each cookie and completely fill it in. Allow this to harden to the touch, about 1 hour.
Use the other colors of icing to pipe a design on the cookie, keeping the center empty. Harden to the touch for about 1 hour.
3. Use edible ink markers to write your guests' names on the cookies and place them at your table. Enjoy!