We love using royal icing for my holiday cookies because it dries to a wonderfully smooth and hard matte finish. I included two different recipes, the traditional confectioner’s frosting and my royal icing recipe. Both recipes are super easy to make!

SUGAR COOKIE INGREDIENTS
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tsp of Matcha tea
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup softened butter
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar or 1 1/2 tsp of truvia
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3 tablespoons buttermilk, milk, or soymilk

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a small bowl, stir together Matcha, flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the milk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.
3. Roll dough into a ball and freeze for 15 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
5. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface, and cut with a 3-inch Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
6. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.
7. Frost tops of cookies with either the royal icing or the confectioner’s frosting below. Decorate as desired.

ROYAL ICING INGREDIENTS

2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons of Matcha tea

DIRECTIONS:

1. Sift the Matcha and powdered sugar together. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. Add the sifted powdered sugar tea mix and beat on low speed until combined and smooth.
3. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.

CONFECTIONER’s FROSTING INGREDIENTS

3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons of  Matcha tea
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Sift the Matcha and powdered sugar together. Set aside.
2. Combine sugar tea mixture, milk, vanilla and salt; mix well. Frost cookies.