Christmas Dove Cookie recipeFor the longest time, I could not understand how people made cookies with royal icing and they turned out pretty.  Mine looked like a 3 year old made them.  Year after year, I would attempt to make pretty frosted cookies and every year they would be so ugly that I would toss them.  And then the world of royal icing cookies opened up for me.  I found some really good tutorials and learned some very valuable lessons.

Christmas Dove Cookie recipeThe first being to find a good royal icing recipe. This is the one that I use.  You also need a good sugar cookie recipe too.

4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5-7 Tablespoons water

Sift the sugar and meringue powder into the bowl of an electric mixer.  Add 5 Tablespoons of water.  Use the paddle and mix on medium for about 7 to 10 minutes.  You want this to be fairly thick.  This thick icing is going to be the outline of the cookies.  If you need to, add a bit more water.  Drops at a time.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is amazing how royal icing can go from so close to runny in a matter of seconds.  Go slowly.

royal icing recipePut some of the thick royal icing in a piping bag.  Put the rest of the icing in an air tight container.  We will use this later, but for now just make sure that it is sealed tightly so that it does not harden.  We will use the thick icing again for the details like the eyes and the holly.

royal icing recipeOutline the cookies with the thick icing.  Let it dry completely before you go to the next step.

royal icing recipeAdd a few drops of water at a time until the icing runs from a spoon like above.  Let the icing sit for a few minutes to let the air bubbles pop.

royal icing recipePut the royal icing in a piping bag.

royal icing recipeFill the outline of the cookie, and then pipe some icing into the middle.  I use the tip without adding any more icing to the cookie to push the icing to cover the cookie.  If you need more to fill it entirely, by all means, add more.

royal icing recipeUsing the thick icing, add the eyes and the wing details.

royal icing recipeGo back and tint a bit of the icing green and red.  Put them in piping bags fitted with small round tips.  I used Ateco #2.  Add the stems and leaves.  Fill in the berries using the red icing.

royal icing recipeLet these dry overnight before you package them.  They will look dry, but I promise you, they are not.

royal icing recipePackage these sweet little Christmas doves and give them to someone that you love.

royal icing recipe

Here are some good resources to also help you out:

Bake at 350 – tons of great ideas (my doves were inspired by her doves) and inspiration

Annie’s Eats – a really good tutorial on using royal icing

Bakerella – piping techniques

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24 Responses to Christmas Dove Cookies

  1. Amanda says:

    SO pretty! Great job!

  2. Karen Lee says:

    Hi Bree!

    I made your gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies and they both turned out fantastic!
    We can’t stop eating them… Thanks for sharing your recipes! I love your blog.
    Now I must go find a dove cookie cutter! 😉
    Happy holidays!

  3. corey says:

    Those are so beautiful!

  4. Susan Coonan says:

    Your doves are so precious Bree! Our boat’s name is, Paloma, so I have a special place in my heart for anything “dove” and “sweet.” Thank you for your recipes- love the royal icing tips but must admit that the recipe with the corn syrup is exceptional! Frankly, it brilliant. For years I have made the glaze with only extract and water- the corn syrup had a nice dimension and stability! Thank you 10x’s for all of your fab recipes and Merry Christmas- and know that I am jealous of Anne getting a cake! Isn’t she special?

  5. These cookies are peace on earth in sugar and flour form! How delightful – thanks for sharing these little babies and happy holidays:)

  6. Lisa says:

    Bree… I swear you are the most talented and creative gal I know. These look WONDERFUL! I can’t wait to try this recipe out– and THANK YOU for the royal icing tutorial. I too have failed so many times I had officially sworn off trying again. Now I am inspired to give it another shot!

  7. Camille says:

    Looking forward to trying these for Valentine’s Day. When you say leave out overnight, do you mean just sittin’ out on the table uncovered? thx!

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