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Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

My favorite recipe for making sugar cookies with royal icing comes from the venerable Martha Stewart. It's a classic recipe for perfect sugar cookies, the kind that are light and crisp and perfect for decorating. I recommend using brandy or cognac, which adds a butterscotch note to the cookies. These recipes can be found on the Martha Stewart website here and here. These cookies are the perfect blank canvas for beautiful creations. Just add creativity, royal icing, and, if you'd like, decorative sugar.

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