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Spring Flower Sugar Cookies

Brighten someone's day by baking them a batch of these colorful Spring Flower Sugar Cookies! They are easy to make and so delicious. The simple sugar cookie recipe is elevated to a new level with a touch of lemon extract. Then, royal icing is spread on top before the vibrant sanding sugar is sprinkled on them. 
Overhead view of spring flower sugar cookies

Brighten someone’s day by baking them a batch of these colorful Spring Flower Sugar Cookies! They are easy to make and so delicious. The simple sugar cookie recipe is elevated to a new level with a touch of lemon extract. Then, royal icing is spread on top before the vibrant sanding sugar is sprinkled on them. Spring Flower Sugar Cookies Pin

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WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE THE SPRING FLOWER SUGAR COOKIES?

Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare these Spring flower themed cookies and the Royal icing.

Special Equipment:

  • Flower shaped cookie cutters

Ingredients for flower sugar cookies.

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HOW DO I MAKE THE SPRING FLOWER LEMON SUGAR COOKIES?

These colorful spring flower cookies are easy to make in six simple steps. Here is what you will need to do to prepare them:

STEP 1: PREPARE DRY INGREDIENTS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Dry ingredients for sugar cookie in a glass mixing bowl

STEP 2: PREPARE WET INGREDIENTS, THEN ADD DRY INGREDIENTS

In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and lemon extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.

STEP 3: ROLL OUT DOUGH AND CUT COOKIES

Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Press into a ball and then roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create flower shapes. Carefully lift flower shaped cookies to the baking sheet. Using a flat spatula is recommended to help the cookies maintain their shape.

Cutting out flower sugar cookies.

STEP 4: BAKE COOKIES

Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack. While cookies are cooling, prepare royal icing.

STEP 5: PREPARE THE ROYAL ICING

Place powdered sugar and meringue powder in a mixing bowl. Mix slowly to blend the two ingredients together. Slowly add 3 tablespoons of water and continue beating for 7 to 10 minutes or until the icing is smooth and fluffy. Add additional water a little at a time if a thinner consistency is desired. 

STEP 6: DECORATE THE COOKIES

After cookies are completely cooled, frost the tops with royal frosting. Add the sanding sugar immediately and an M&M to the center of the flower so it sticks to the icing before it drys. Allow icing to dry before storing in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.

Decorated spring flower lemon sugar cookies

Royal Icing Hack for Spring Flower Sugar Cookies

Using a store bought container of white frosting, spoon all of the icing into a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat in 15 second increments if needed until icing has thinned out.  Allow the icing to cool slightly before frosting the cookies.

Overhead view of of spring flower lemon sugar cookies.

Overhead view of spring flower sugar cookies

Spring Flower Sugar Cookies

Brighten someone's day by baking them a batch of these colorful Spring Flower Sugar Cookies! They are easy to make and so delicious. The simple sugar cookie recipe is elevated to a new level with a touch of lemon extract. Then, royal icing is spread on top before the vibrant sanding sugar is sprinkled on them. 
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spring Flower Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 Cookies
Calories: 357kcal

Equipment

  • Flower Shaped Cookie Cutters

Ingredients

For the cookies

For the royal icing:

To decorate:

  • Brightly colored sanding sugar
  • Candy coated chocolate candies like M&Ms

Instructions

To make the cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar until creamy and light. Add egg and lemon extract. Mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough may be a little crumbly.
  • Turn out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with powdered sugar or flour. Press into a ball and then roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create shapes. Carefully lift shaped cookies to the baking sheet. Using a flat spatula is recommended to help the cookies maintain their shape.
  • Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not brown the cookies. Allow cookies to cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully removing to a cooling rack.
  • After cooling, decorate as desired. Allow icing to dry before storing in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.

To make the royal icing:

  • Place powdered sugar and meringue powder in a mixing bowl. Mix slowly to blend the two ingredients together. Slowly add 3 tablespoons of water and continue beating for 7 to 10 minutes or until the icing is smooth and fluffy. Add additional water a little at a time if a thinner consistency is desired. Divide evenly between 4 bowls and add food coloring (I used red, pink, blue and purple) to create the different colors of frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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