Unleash your inner cookie artist with this foolproof sugar cookie recipe. We've included detailed tips for decorating using a classic royal icing recipe for outlining and filling in with color. You can take your cookie creations in a more traditional decorating palette, or go wild. Before you get started, gather decorating tips and bags, gel food coloring, and, of course, some sprinkles. You can find them all at a craft store, cooking store, or online. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Saura Kline.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.
- Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on low speed to blend, then increase speed to medium and beat until soft and light. Add the egg and milk, followed by the flour mixture, beating after each addition until blended, and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Lay two sheets of plastic wrap on a work surface. Scrape half of the dough on each wrap and shape into a disk about 1/2-inch thick. Wrap the dough in plastic, then chill until firm enough to roll and hold its shape, 30-60 minutes.