Learn how to decorate your cookies with royal icing for a smooth
frosting look and added details.
Some royal icing recipes call for egg whites that you don't cook.
This works well for non-edible items like making
sugar eggs or a gingerbread house you aren't going to eat.
The recipe below uses meringue
powder instead of egg whites.
3 Tablespoons meringue
4 Cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat in mixer until forms stiff peaks which will be about 10
minutes. If you need to thin your icing add 1 teaspoon water.
Use this recipe for decorating cookies or making decorations like drop flowers.
Do not store royal icing or decorations you have made in the fridge.
Store in a plastic container with an airtight lid at room
Cookie Decorating Using the Color Flow Method
Thanks to Joanne Clifton
(Fredericksburg, Texas) for sharing with us how to use the color
The color flow method is so easy! You take 1/4 cup plus a tsp of
water and add 4 cups of powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Wilton color flow or Meringue powder and beat it on
low speed for 5 minutes. While working with parts of it, keep it
covered with a damp cloth so it doesn't harden on you.
Use it full strength to outline your design. Make sure your design
is on a flat surface and free of wrinkles, covered with parchment
paper or wax paper. Let the outline dry for at least two hours.
After outlining with whatever darker color you prefer, add color to
additional amounts and thin about 1/4 cup with 1/2 tsp at a time of
water till it flows easily.
Let each color dry till crusted before adding another. Let entire
project dry at least 24 hours. If in a hurry, you can dry in half
the time with a heat lamp. Move the dried piece to the edge of the
table and slowly remove the parchment or wax paper.
Of course the bigger the area that is done, the more additional
time, it may take to completely dry it. I usually make them up a few
days to a week in advance to make sure that they have dried totally.
It is easy to do, just needs patience for drying, but well worth the
I love color flow. I found a coloring page with a precious moments
character and enlarged it until it fit in the head area of the
Precious Moments Wilton Pan.
Cut out the area and placed it on the pan to be sure it was the
right size and then placed it on the back of a cookie sheet, covered
with parchment paper and used the recipe for color flow- 1/4 cup
plus one tsp of water, added to 4 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tbsp
of color flow or meringue powder and beat it 5 minutes on low. It
makes about 2 cups of mixture.
Colored about an eight of a cup black and used a number 3 round tip
to outline the picture. Waited 2 hours for outline to set. Kept the
mixture covered with damp towel to keep it from hardening.
Mixed approx 1/4 cup with desired color and then added 1/2 tsp water
at a time to get the consistency to flow out of the pastry tube and
into the outlined areas. Waited again between colors for it to at
least crust, so it wouldn't run black into flesh tones, etc.
When I was through with the picture, waited almost 48 hours for it
to be completely dry. When it was ready, I made the Precious Moments
cake and designed it to be a little girl making her first communion
and when through, added a border of star tip flowers with number one
round tip centers.
I forgot to say that I free handed the book, flowers in her hair,
and completed it in color flow and iced her hands to hold the book.
~You can use a heat lamp to speed up the drying process. Usually I
let 2 hours go by between the outline and adding the thinned
mixture, but found with the heat lamp 30 min was sufficient. Instead
of a day to let the whole design dry, it took only a few hours with
the heat lamp.