Royal Icing Basics for Christmas

Seen around pretty much every holiday, royal iced cookies are particularly popular around Christmastime. From delicate intricacies to creative versatility, the art of royal icing is easy to pick up and rather difficult to perfect. This hard-drying icing is one recipe used in two different stages to create amazing and delicious edible cookie art.

Royal Icing Holiday CookiesTo Decorate Baked Cookies

1. Mix up a thick batch of icing (recipe follows), making an easily piped icing to outline the design of your cookie. Let it set completely.

2. Gradually add water to the thick icing until it is a more liquid consistency. Using a spoon, “flood” the inside of the outline with the icing.

3. From here, you can add swirls of color to the wet icing, or let the icing set completely before piping designs on top with colored thick icing.

4. Royal icing works well with sprinkles of all types as well, so get creative and let your cookies shine!

 

Royal Icing Technique
Water down the same recipe used for the outline to “flood” the inside of the design.

Basic Royal Icing
Start with this thick icing and water it down to complete your cookies!

Prep: 2 minutes

Makes 1 cup

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon water
Food coloring (optional)

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until icing is thick and smooth.
  2. Add some food coloring to make your perfect shade.

 

Recipes and Photography by Elise Portale


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