Everyone’s suddenly an artist during the holiday season and the allure of decorating sugar cookies (or trying to, at least) never fades. Seasoned pros and stick-figure drawers alike will appreciate the ease and usability of this simple sugar cookie icing recipe.

Unlike a rudimentary powdered sugar and liquid (whole milk, water, or juice) glaze, which always dries translucent and is prone to flaking, royal icing has the right consistency for holding crisp lines and saturated color, and dries hard after a few hours. A bit of extract and salt make it actually tasty (though it’ll always be sweet). Use as is for a thick icing that makes clear, defined outlines (we recommend a piping bag with a variety of different piping tips for that), or thin with a little water to fill in your cookies with “flood icing.” Fresh egg whites work but using <a data-offer-url=":4gKgcFFoYyWqtAJpQGvhXSjiGT5R2::https://www.etsy.com/listing/1160731745/look-at-my-bum-duo-cat-butt-cookie?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_e-home_and_living-kitchen_and_dining-cookware-cooking_utensils_and_gadgets&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjwzY2bBhB6EiwAPpUpZqpjNxGROV-oKYsKmx2NEEhulw_n2ZFPFL8ja-MgBaLdPiNZIBABOxoCDLIQAvD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_12559942210_123094365961_506995349036_pla-305102694227_c__1160731745_522107604&utm_custom2=12559942210&gclid=CjwKCAjwzY2bBhB6EiwAPpUpZqpjNxGROV-oKYsKmx2NEEhulw_n2ZFPFL8ja-MgBaLdPiNZIBABOxoCDLIQAvD_BwE

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