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Royal Icing

Learn how to make royal icing for cookies and cupcakes!  Royal icing is easy to make and stores well.  This post contains affiliate links.ne

I’ve never been great at making things look cute.  Tasty, yes.  Cute, not so much.  Case in point, royal icing.  There are so many cute things you can do with it!  But I am not good at any of them.  *wipes tear*  So, for those of you who are ready to tackle royal icing and making totally adorable cookies, I’ve invited my friend Diane of Created by Diane to share her royal icing recipe with you!

Diane is always making cute cut-out cookies, cupcakes, and other decorations with royal icing.  I think you will learn a lot from her today!

How to make Royal Icing for cookies and cupcakes - JensFavoriteCookies.com
Royal icing is an icing that is great for decorating cookies, it dries hard so you can stack the cookies and even ship them. It’s smooth and can be drizzled over cookies, you can use it to outline cookies as well as flood the icing in so the icing is smooth and solid on top of the cookies.

You can also use royal icing to make cupcake toppers. Any simple shape can be made, in any color you can imagine. Wow the possibilities are endless. You can also put the royal icing toppers on brownies, cakes and cookies. They really create a 3D effect.

How to make Royal Icing for cookies and cupcakes - JensFavoriteCookies.com How to make Royal Icing for cookies and cupcakes - JensFavoriteCookies.com
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There are lots of online baking supply stores to order meringue powder and colorings from or check in your area for a cake supply store.

Here are a few ideas of what to do with the royal icing:

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Royal Icing
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A basic recipe for royal icing.
Recipe type: Icing
Serves: 3.5 cups
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 4½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon meringue powder (*see notes)
  • about ⅓ cup warm water (or more as needed for consistency)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • gel food coloring
  1. In mixer bowl on low mix powdered sugar and meringue powder until it's combined, this will also reduce any clumping in the powdered sugar
  2. Add warm water and extract and mix on low until combined
  3. Turn mixer on medium-high and beat until it's fluffy and stiff. When beater is removed from mixer the icing should stand up and the peek should gently fall over.
  4. Add more water as needed for the consistency you desire for your project.
  5. Add food coloring and mix until the color is completely blended, remember some colors get darker as they sit especially when using gel colors. I prefer Americolor Food Colorings as they don't have taste and are not water based and won't effect the consistency of my icing if I add another drop as water based colors will do.
  6. I use the 20 second method for outlining and flooding cookies and for drizzling over top of baked items along with making royal icing toppers. I use a little stiffer icing for eyes and writing.
  7. Royal icing lasts 4 weeks at room temperature. If it separates, whip for 1-2 minutes to restore the texture.
I prefer to use Americolor meringue powder over the brands you can get at the craft store, because it is better quality and tastes better. I also use Americolor food coloring gels. Even when making white icing, the white gel color makes a very bright vibrant white.


Orange Sugar Cookies

These orange cookies taste fantastic, with the flavor of fresh oranges!  Orange Sugar cookies are so one of my newest favorites.

Orange CookiesSome days just suck.  They suck, I tell you, like a vacuum.  A few days ago, I hit a new low when I was kind of excited to purchase a used vacuum.  It’s not that I can’t afford a new one, but I just really hate spending money on a vacuum.  I did consider buying new.  I even did extensive research on different brands.  (And, by extensive research, I of course mean that I spent 15 minutes looking through reviews on Amazon.)  I ended up deciding the brand I already had was the one I wanted to keep.

I found what appeared to be a decent used one locally, and it was even kind of an upgrade because it’s the commercial version, and obviously newer than my 14-year-old dinosaur.  The seller had some clearly out-of-control dogs and white carpet and kept asking me questions about my old vacuum. Which model is it?  What’s wrong with it?  Is the motor burned out?  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  It’s fourteen years old, isn’t that reason enough?

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Cinnamon Waffle Cookies

Whose idea was it to break my vacuum the same week I got a dog?  Thanks for that, universe.  Good one.

My bedroom has been in a pretty desperate condition, overflowing with useless crap, and dirty clothes, and dust.  I just keep putting new containers on the floor.  My husband has about had it with me and the bedroom mess.  I’d love to tell you that I put it off because my vacuum broke, but honestly, I was putting it off long before that.

Today, I borrowed a vacuum from my neighbor, and tackled the bedroom.  I’m allergic to dust, so I was not really enjoying myself, but I distracted myself from the discomfort with some episodes of What Not to Wear and The Office.

Did I ever tell you how much I love having a DVR?

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Apricot Nut Cookies

A recipe for a cookie with apricots and nuts, covered with almond icing.

Source:  Giada de Laurentiis and Food Network… always an amazing source.

Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

It’s been a while since I made a fruity cookie, and this one, frankly, hit the spot.  Although, I have to admit, these did not turn out nearly as beautiful as Giada’s did, but that’s not her fault.  I don’t think she frosted hers in this lovely shade of blue, either.  I guess that’s what makes the two of us different.  Right?

I was excited to have a reason to make a cookie with nuts in it.  These use both slivered almonds and pine nuts.  It has been a long time since I have eaten pine nuts.  They are certainly not the cheapest nut in the store, but worth every penny for that wonderful piney flavor!

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