Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Da Cookies!

The trick to fancy cookies, is royal icing. My talented sister in law, Kiersten shared all her royal icing knowledge and helped me with these pretty cookies!
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons warm water

About 3 cups of icingBeat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
to make thicker frosting, add less water. You may need to add more or less powdered sugar as well.

We started with a thicker consistency frosting, and outlined the shape of the cookies and let the outline dry. Then we thinned the frosting out and filled in the shape of the cookie. Let those harden, and thicken that frosting back up with powdered sugar to decorate. Very fun and very pretty. I recommend trying it out a few times before you make them for any event.
I always use wilton gel food coloring for all my frosting. So much more bright and pretty. Also they sell Meringue Powder at Joann's. So go ahead and use a coupon on it!

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