Here are some tips to keep in mind when baking shortbread cookies and royal icing to decorate them. We’ve also linked over to an incredible shortbread cookie recipe from none other than the Queen of the Kitchen herself - Barefoot Contessa.
Sift all your dry ingredients
Use room temperature butter
Chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes
Roll it on a non-stick surface to avoid a mess
Use a straight rolling pin (or a wine bottle!)
Line cookie baking sheet with parchment paper
Once they’re baking, do NOT open the oven door!
Let cookies cool completely before icing them
Store cookies in a cool, dry place
Royal Icing Tips
Sift powdered sugar
Mix until the shine is gone
Add water gradually to mixture
cover icing with a damp towel
Use toothpick to add color to the icing
Color icing in small batches
Put icing immediately into piping bag
Always test icing stream before decorating
Give icing 30 mins to dry on cool, flat surface
Also, check out these great cookie cutters Renee recommends!