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Decorating Cookies with Royal Icing
Royal Icing is a cookie decorators dream! With royal icing, the icing dries hard so you can display, transport, stack, make bouquets and package very easily. I also love how vibrant colors become when you add food coloring to the icing. Browse our cookie ideas using royal icing. RECIPE for royal icing is in our Recipe pages.
Heart & Wedding Cake Cookies
- Baked and cooled sugar cookies (see Cookie Recipes)
- Cookie cutter (we used a 4-inch heart cutter and wedding cake cutter)
- 1 batch Royal Icing (see Recipes) - purchase our easy -to-use Meringue Powder
- Americolor Food gel paste (colors you desire, we used white and red)
- Sprinkles and Quins (we have a variety to choose from)
- #2 & #4 decorating tips
- Disposable decorating bags
- Small 8-inch spatula (straight or angled)
- Make cookie dough recipe. Cool in the refrigerator for 2 or more hours. When ready to use, take out of the refrigerator. Roll cookie dough out on a floured board with a rolling pin. Continue to dust rolling pin with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Using cookie-cutter - cut out desired shapes.
- Lay cookie dough shapes onto a cookie sheet. Make sure they are at least 1.5 inches apart from other cookies to allow spreading.
- Bake cookies as directed on recipe. Allow cookie to cool before decorating. While cookies are cooling, make the royal icing.
- After making royal icing, create the colors you desire by adding food gel paste and mix well. Royal icing dries fast so keep your bowl of icing covered at all times with a wet paper towel or saran wrap.
- When ready to decorate, fill a decorator bag with a #2 tip and desired color of royal icing. Carefully outline the cookies with the icing to create a seal around the cookie. Once this border outline is dry, you will be able to spread a layer of icing inside the border to create a beautiful top layer of your cookie.
- Using spatula or knife, spread a layer of desired color icing on the top of the cookie. Allow drying before creating designs.
- Using some of my designs, create your own cookie designs using a variety of icing colors and the #2 or #4 tip. Use swirls of “s’s”, wiggling lines, straight lines crossing over with polka dots, write “love” message, and create tiny hearts.
- Adorn with sprinkles if desired. Use tweezers to lay the sprinkles on the cookies.
- Once the icing is dry and hard to the touch, you can create a beautiful cookie tray or place in plastic bags and tie with a bow.
Sweet Summer Cookies with Royal Icing
- Birthday Cookies
- July 4th Cookies
- Baby Shower Cookies
- Wedding & Bridal Shower Cookies
- Summer Fun Cookies
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