Christmas cookie icing recipe that hardens

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Christmas cookie icing recipe that hardens

This Christmas cookie icing recipe that hardens is the only recipe you will ever need when decorating cookies for Christmas. This is by far my favorite royal icing recipes of all time. Using simple ingredients, your christmas cookies will turn out perfect every time. I use this icing for the best cut out sugar cookies and I also used it to make gingerbread houses. This icing is the perfect consistency, it dries in place, and it is the perfect glossy sugar cookie icing recipe you have been looking for. Another great benefit of this icing is that it doesn’t use milk and that makes it dairy free, so everyone can enjoy holiday cookies!

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Royal icing basic ingredients:

3/4 cups of Warm Water

1/3 cup of Meringue Powder (I used Wilton)

2 – 16 ounce bags of Powdered Sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Karo Syrup or light corn syrup

1/2 tsp almond extract or clear vanilla extract

gel food coloring colors of choice

Royal icing directions:

In the mixing bowl of a Stand Mixer, place the Warm Water, Meringue Powder, and a small amount of corn Syrup, and blend with the Whisk attachment until icing ingredients are completely blended and smooth. Add the Powdered Sugar, about 2 cups at a time, and mix on low, until all the Powdered Sugar has been added. Scrape down the sides of the Mixing Bowl as needed making sure to scrape down all dry ingredients from the sides, and blend until the Icing is smooth and creamy. When you are ready to ice your cookies, you can add 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of icing to thin the icing, this is the perfect consistency for flood icing, a laying the first layer of icing to dry.

As you can see from the images and video, you can ice intricate designs with this icing. From a simple christmas tree cookie to a “family truckster” themed cookie. To decorate the christmas tree portion of this cookie you will need to take out 2 cups of icing and divide into two bowls. For best results, I wouldn’t add water to this kind of icing, you will need a thicker consistency for the tree to keep it’s shape. Add dark green gel color to one bowl of icing and add lime green gel color to the second bowl of icing. I would use at least 3-5 drops so that you get bright colors, if you want a more vibrant color add a few more drops. next, get a piping bag, you can find them on amazon or at hobby lobby and add a small round tip in the end of your piping tip, cut the plastic end off the bag after you have added your icing. The easiest way to get the icing in the bag is to use a rubber spatula and spoon the icing in the bag. Then pipe a layer of the dark green color and take a popsicle stick and drag out the edge (see video). Repeat with the lime green color until the cookie is covered. You can decorate any kind of cookie this way, I will provide a link to this and other cookie cutters below. I love this sugar cookie dough because it always bakes up with crisp edges and it’s an easy way to get perfect cookies every time. I have iced tons of different cookies with this icing, and it’s even perfect to gingerbread man cookies and plain cookies with festive sprinkles.

Allow about 1 hour for Icing to completely set. Serve, and Enjoy!

Decorates 24 Cookies

Can I store leftover icing in the fridge?

Yes, you can store icing in an airtight container. I stored a batch i made for over 2 weeks and it was still edible. You can let it sit out for about 15 minutes at room temperature and it will reach the right consistency to stir and add gel coloring and place in a piping bag.

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