Cactus Sugar Cookies
  • 1 C of unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1½ C Powder sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 C of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • Cookie Cutter: Sweet Sugarbelles Cactus shape
  • Royal Icing ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 4½ C powder sugar
  • Leaf green and Neon Green gel food coloring
  • 2 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • 1 squeeze bottle
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg and mix until combined and creamy
  4. Using a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and cream of tarter
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed
  6. Using your hands continue to mix until fully combined
  7. Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
  8. Roll out the dough to about ½ inch thick
  9. Cut out 12 Cactus and place onto a cookie sheet
  10. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  11. Repeat steps until all dough has been used
  12. Let cookies cool completely
  13. Royal Icing Directions:
  14. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  15. Split icing into 2 bowls
  16. Add a few drops of Leaf green into the first bowl and mix until combined. You are wanting to get a slightly dark green color
  17. Add about 2-4 drops of neon green gel coloring into the second bowl and mix until combined.
  18. Scoop about ¼ C of the leaf green icing into one of the piping bags
  19. Scoop ½ C Neon green icing into the second piping bag and set aside
  20. Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining leaf greeb icing bowl and mix until combined
  21. Pour the icing into squeeze bottle
  22. Using the leaf green piping bag, out line the cactus
  23. Using the thinned icing, fill in the cactus
  24. Let cookies dry overnight.
  25. Using the neon green piping bag, pipe a line round the middle of the cactus
  26. Pipe a line around the edges of the cactus arms
  27. Pipe broken lines down the centers of the cactus like in the images
  28. Pipe little hearts on some of the broken lines
  29. Allow to dry for 2 hours before enjoying!
Recipe by Budget Savvy Diva at