June 18, 2008

Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

Makes 2 1/3 cups

* 1 box confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
* 5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites


* In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.