Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
Using a mixer, mix the softened
Unsalted Butter (1 cup)
Granulated Sugar (1 1/2 cups)
until combined. Add the whole
Add the zest from
Vanilla Extract (1/2 Tbsp)
, then mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the
All-Purpose Flour (1 3/4 cups)
Baking Powder (1/2 Tbsp)
Salt (1 tsp)
. Add it to the butter, and mix together. Do not overbeat.
Use your hands to press the dough together, and form two balls of dough. Sprinkle some flour on a clean counter, and roll out your dough. Cut the dough into your preferred shapes using a cookie cutter. Reuse the scraps as you go.
Carefully transfer cut out cookies to the cookie sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove from the oven, and cool on the sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before icing.
For the icing, place the
into a bowl, and add the
Lemon Juice (to taste)
Salt (1 pinch)
. Whisk together with a mixer to loosen the egg whites. Start beating them until they are frothy.
Powdered Confectioners Sugar (3 cups)
, half a cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until you have reached the desired consistency.
Decorate cookies with the icing. Keep a damp paper towel over the icing as you work, or it will dry up. Sprinkle them as you wish with
Green and Red Colored Sugar (to taste)