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How to make royal icing

Remember these cookies that I made sometime ago?
Cookie Bouquet
I’ve had a few request for the royal icing recipe. So here it is. So sorry for posting it so late. 🙂

Royal icing is a smooth hard-drying icing. It works great for icing cookies and decorating cakes. Royal icing is traditionally made with egg white but personally I am a little apprehensive about eating raw egg white due to salmonella. So I substituted it with meringue powder. This is the Wilton meringue powder that I use. You should be able to get it at your local baking supply store.
Meringue Powder

3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups icing sugar
6 tablespoon warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon juice
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients and beat with a mixer till stiff peaks form. It takes about 5 – 7 minutes. If necessary, add more powdered sugar or water to get the right consistency. This can be used to pipe a border around the cookie. Then to “flood” the center of the cookie, you need to thin it down by adding 1/2 tsp of water at a time till you get the right consistency. If the royal icing is not used immediately, keep it in an airtight container because royal icing hardens when exposed to air.

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  • Angeleyes August 21, 2008, 2:43 am

    You know… I have not tried my hands on royal icing thus far… I think I have to be brave and give it a try!! 😛

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