Ever notice how your Christmas cookies don’t look like the ones in the magazine article? True, they have professional designers, bakers and confectioner gurus doing them. But you can get a picture-perfect look with this recipe. I tried for years to get my cookies to look like the magazine pictures to no avail. However, armed with small Ziploc™ bags, some pastry tips, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks I got the look!
For most of the decorating (and with little ones) just a popsicle stick, or butter knife is all you need. But if you want to fuss around a bit more, you can use skinny paintbrushes with short stiff bristles (usually for acrylic or oil painting—and of course—unused).
To get more fussy, buy a pastry bag and tips, or be
cheap thrifty and poke a metal decorating tip through the Ziploc and add the coupler like I do!
I think the secret to this frosting is watching the consistency, don’t let it get too runny while mixing. Also, use the meringue powder, results won’t be the same without it. I find it at Michael’s craft stores. Happy decorating!
- 1 16-ounce package of confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
- 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
- Assorted food colorings (optional)
- 1/3 cup of warm water
In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat confectioner’s sugar, meringue powder, and 1/3 cup of warm water until mixture is stiff and knife drawn through it leaves a clear-cut path, about 7 minutes.
Spread out mixture into several small bowls if different colorings are desired. Keep covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out. Thin with more warm water to suit desired spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.