Pamela's Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Perfect for your 4th of July Celebrations!!


Let’s be honest, hosting a gathering is A LOT of work!  I love nothing more than hosting friends and family and cooking for them, but I have little hacks to make my life easier!  These hacks come in the form of a little help from my friends at the grocery store!  This recipe is the epitome of getting a little help!

I used a package of Pamela’s sugar cookie mix (which I found at Whole Foods), and OMG!!!! I’m not sure I’ll ever make my own sugar cookies again!  These things were simply amazing!!  If I use something store bought, I like to go homemade with a component of it.  For this I did homemade icing!  Now I know my decorative icing skills are lacking, but it was my first time trying these.  You could absolutely add less coconut milk in order to have a thicker icing.  I also used vegetable dyes from Whole Foods in order to achieve these colors.

I picked this up at my local Whole Foods

I picked this up at my local Whole Foods

Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix

  • 1 package Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Mix (Whole Foods)
  • 1 stick of unsalted grass fed butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg

Follow package instructions.  Once dough is prepared, place in the fridge for 30 mins.  Transfer to a cool clean surface and roll out dough.  Use a star cutter and an offset spatula to cut cookies.  After baking transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Royal Icing

  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp full fat coconut milk (add more or less depending on desired consistency)
  • Sanding sugar, to top
  • 4 drops food coloring

Place confectioners Sugar in a bowl.  Add vanilla, then slowly add milk.  It doesn't look like there's much, but a little goes a long way!  Once cookies are cooled, dip them in icing and place on a rack with a pan underneath in order to catch the drips.  I topped these with some sanding sugar.  Honestly, these are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had, and I hardly had to do any work!

~ You can sift your sugar in order to make sure there are no lumps.  Again, I know my icing game needs some SERIOUS help!  If you've got some tips, please send them my way!

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