How to Make Icing for Cookies
Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro with our secrets to making your own cookie icing. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert makes royal icing from scratch, sharing her tips for mixing and tinting the icing for the prettiest -- and tastiest -- decorated cookies.
-I'm Sue from Better Homes and Gardens. For professional looking decorated cookies, Royal Icing is the way to go. It's a special kind of icing that dries to a hard super smooth finish. Are you ready to give it a try? Come on and let me show you our test kitchen secrets to success. The main ingredients in Royal Icing are powdered sugar and meringue powder which is a mixture of powdered and pasteurized egg whites, sugar and stabilizers. Find it in a baking aisle of your grocery store. Making the icing is simple. Just beat all the ingredients together on low speed until blended then increase the speed and beat for 10 more minutes. The finish icing will be very stiff, so if you have a stand mixer, use it here. The icing is ready to us now but depending on what you're using it for. You may need to thin it out a little bit with warm water. If you'd like to tint it different colors, divide it into small balls and stir in droplets of food coloring or gels until you get the shade you're looking for. If you don't plan to use it right away, be sure to cover the surface of the icing with a damped paper towel so it doesn't dry out. See how simple that is? With Better Homes and Gardens secrets to success, you'll be icing and decorating cookies like a pastry chef.