Royal Icing

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Spring Break approaches!  Behold, a fabulous activity to entertain the household, Royal Icing Cookies!!!  Happy Texas Independence Day by the way!

Bake the cookies the night before, then do the icing the next day!  This makes the process a little less overwhelming if you’re doing it for a slumber party or a large family gathering!

This was my first time with Royal Icing.  It was fun and a little tricky at first.  The best way to start is to keep your design simple if it’s your first time.  Learn the texture and movement of the icing.  It is very very very very different from butter cream decorating.  This icing has a higher viscosity which is both a good thing and a bad thing.  It makes it easier to fill in spaces but it also can run off the cookie or into other colors.  You can add a tablespoon or two of water at a time to increase the viscosity of the icing if needed.

For tools I recommend Wilton round piping tips 1-4 for simple designs and outlining.  I used Wilton round tip #3 for my outlining.

I saw several recommendations for squirt bottles.  I tried both the piping bags and the squirt bottles and found the piping bags to be much easier to use.  Therefore I recommend utilizing piping bags.

As for this delicious cookie, I will share that recipe another day.  It is a treasured recipe in our family.  I promise I’ll post it soon!    🙂

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Ingredients:

-3 tbsp Meringue Powder

-5 tbsp Water

-4 cups of Powdered Sugar

Directions:

Gently mix the Meringue Powder and water until it is dissolved.

Beat the water and meringue mixture while adding the powdered sugar a 1/2 cup at a time while mixing on medium.

Once all powdered sugar has been added increase the mix speed to medium high for about 5-7 minutes.  Mix until you get glossy, stiff peaks.

Depending on how many colors you want divide the icing and add desired food coloring to each bowl.

Place icing into separate piping bags with desired piping tips.

Decorating:

Only work with cookies that have cooled to room temperature.  Hot or warm cookies will melt the icing.

Do all outlining first.  For the chevron cookie, I outlined the cookie and then outlined the chevron pattern.  I let the outline dry for a good 15 minutes before I filled in the cookie.

If decorating with younger children I would recommend outlining ahead of time and let the children fill in the outlines.

 

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