Friday, May 27, 2011

Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

Today is SUYL over at Kelly's Korner one of my favorite blogs to read! I'm not a super baker, or even a super cook, but I've recently discovered Royal Icing cookies and they are SO much fun to make that I thought I would share!

I know if I can make them, anyone can do it! I started making them around Easter, and here is a (bad!) pic of the results of my first attempt:

See? Easy peasy.

I was inspired by Cindy over at Joel's Journey. Check out her amazing 'tutorial' on Royal Icing. It really has everything you need to know to get started! Check out her great reasons for making/ uses for baking Royal Icing cookies here and here.

I used this recipe from for my Sugar Cookies.

And this recipe from for my Royal Icing.

I will say it is super time consuming to make them, BUT so worth it in the end! Again, not the best picture (taken in the front seat of my car right before I ran inside the school to give these out! ), but here is an example of how I used some on sticks to make a fun bucket of cookies for my kids teachers at Easter. Just stick some floral foam in the bottom of the bucket, add some Easter grass (or moss, or tissue paper - possibilities are endless!), cover the cookies with cellophane or plastic wrap and 'ta da!' An easy, inexpensive, FUN gift for your friends and family!

Since then, I've also made huge Royal Icing heart cookies for tornado victims (was asked to help supply desserts to those who are feeding tornado victims 3 meals a day) and fish shaped cookies for an 'under the sea' party.

Just a few tips to help you get started:

1- keep the bowl(s) of Royal Icing covered with a damp wash cloth/ towel to keep it from drying out.
2 - Mix all of your icing at once. In other words, don't mix the color for the 'outlining' and then mix the color for the 'flooding' later. They won't match. See the carrot in the first photo above - hee hee! Mix all that you think you'll need all at once.
3- Finally, it only takes a tiny bit of water added to the icing to get it ready to 'flood' the cookie. Learned this the hard way! :-) (FYI- I got my flooding bottles at WalMart in the kitchen supply section.)

I hope you have fun making your own Royal Icing Cookies!


Jill said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have wanted to make these for awhile now!

erinstwo said...

No problem! They were on my "to try" list for a long time too - I figured I wasn't the only one who was interested in making these. You will love them!

Megan said...

Cute cookies! I love the little sheep the most! I, too, used Royal Icing to make my tulip and polka dot flower cookies. You're right, it's well worth the time and soooo fun!