Basic Cookie Icing

Basic Cookie Icing

Make this icing thin for glazing and stiff for piping decorative designs on cookies.

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Basic Cookie Icing
More for Parents
This recipe is best suited for parents to make on their own or with minimal help from kids.
30 Minutes or Less
Start to finish, this recipe requires only a half-hour or less to make!
Party Snacks
Try this recipe at your child's next party. Double the ingredients or divide them in half, depending on the size of your celebration.

Servings: 18

Prep Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup meringue powder (such as Ateco; available in specialty food stores)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
Tip: For stiff icing, use 2 cups of powdered sugar, and then add up to 1/2 cup more of the sugar, if needed, to achieve the necessary stiffness.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    To add a thin glaze of icing to cookies, mix together the meringue powder, water, and sugar with an electric mixer. You may want to start with slightly less sugar and add more (up to 1 3/4 cups) until it is the right consistency. Tint the icing with a few drops of food coloring and spread it on cooled cookies using a small spatula or butter knife.

  2. Step 2

    For stiff icing that can be piped onto cookies with a pastry bag, mix together the meringue powder, water, and at least 2 cups of powdered sugar. (Add up to 1/2 cup more of sugar, if needed, to achieve the necessary stiffness.) Separate the icing into several small dishes and tint with food coloring.

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 52
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 17mg
  • Total Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Protein: 1g
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