“Cheater” Royal Icing Cookies 

Guess what?! 

After protesting naps all last week, Belle unexpectedly fell asleep and immediately started snoring. Yay! Bonus time for me! 

That means I finally have time to bake some cookies for Bean. I’ve been wanting to make some royal icing cookies, but I really didn’t want to roll out dough because it’s just too work intensive for a non-special occasion. 

But, I saw this package of pre-rolled sugar cookie dough and it’s perfect for a quick treat! 

Bean has been doing so well with his letters lately that I thought it might be fun for him to have some cookies that we could play with and eat! 

To make these “cheater” cookies, you need:

  • Nestle Toll House Ready & Rolled Cookie Dough Sheets 
  • Vegetable Oil Spray 
  • Cookie Cutters 
  • Baking Pans

When you open the dough package, it has two sheets in it that is completely ready to use. It’s easier to work with the dough sheets if it is chilled and firm. 

Spray your pan with vegetable oil, cut out your shapes, and bake for 8 minutes at 350. 

I was able to cut out 12 letters from the two dough sheets. You will have a lot of dough remnants, so you can either roll it out into a new sheet, or be lazy like me and make some faux snickerdoodle cookies.

For the faux snickerdoodles, I rolled the leftover dough into ping pong sized balls, and coated them in a mixer of 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Bake these cookies for 8 minutes at 350. 

I’m pretty happy with how the cookies came out, they’re crunchy but not dry, and the letters are pretty clear. 

Make the royal icing while you let the cookies cool. 

To make these “cheater” royal icing, you need:

  • 1/4 c. meringue powder
  • 1/2 c. water, cold
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • Gel Food Coloring 
  • Hand Mixer
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags 
  • Decorating Squeeze Bottles 
  • Frosting Tips (#3 Round)

I like using meringue powder for these non-special cookies because it’s super quick and easy. 

Combine the meringue powder and water. Use a hand mixer to beat until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar until you reach the right consistency. I usually use about 3 1/2 cups. The royal icing should be shiny and smooth. 

Portion out the royal icing and add a couple drops of gel food coloring. Mix well. 

Transfer the colored icing into Ziploc bags. Use a cup to help the bags stand up for easier handling. 

Snip off a corner of the Ziploc bag and squeeze the icing into decorating bottles. I guess you could technically use the bag to decorate, but it’s easier for me to control a squeeze bottle. 

Outline each letter and then flood the cookies with icing. The outline will help keep the icing where you want it. 

Let the finished cookies dry and then they’re ready! 

I made letters for Bean and Belle’s name and also a couple extra consonants that Bean can use to spell out a couple words from the -AT word family. 


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