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Old 12-02-2007, 04:33 AM   #1
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Question Icing for Christmas cookies

Hi... Christmas is around the corner and would like to bake up some cookies. I do know how to make the cookies but not the icing. Any ideas or suggestions? I know it's a mixture of butter, icing sugar and some vanilla essence but don't know exactly how to do it. And any ideas to get creative would be very much appreciated! :) Thanks.

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Old 12-02-2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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I like a crispy butter icing.
1 cup (250 mL) butter,
5 cups (1.25 L) powdered sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) milk
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla

I prefer a snappy thin icing so instead of just beating all of this together. Put the butter and milk in pan and heat until the butter melts. Slowly add the powdered sugar until it is a nice consistancy--still a little runny, think gravy thickness. You won't need all the sugar. Stir in the vanilla.

When the icing cools it will thicken some and gloss over.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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If you're interested in something a little different try this icing, with or without the orange (which gives it a subtle flavor). The egg white makes it harden nicely which makes it good for cookies you plan to ship.

Orange Frosting

Grated rind 1 orange
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs orange juice
1 egg white
confectioner's sugar

Add rind to fruit juice and let stand 15 minutes. Strain. Add gradually to egg yolk while beating it. Stir in sugar until right consistency to spread. Beat until very smooth.

(Edited spelling, ugh).
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:42 PM   #4
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How about sugar sprinkles? add before or after baking?
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:08 PM   #5
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Ellen, if you are going to frost your cookies, sprinkle after, when the icing is still wet (before it dries). No icing, before baking.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:52 PM   #6
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My beautiful wife likes to add food coloring and just a little sugar to lightly beaten egg whites. Then she actually "paints" the mixture on to the cookie before baking. They look so beautiful when they are done, and it tastes quite good.

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Old 12-03-2007, 03:40 AM   #7
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It would depend on the biscuit, but normally glace or royal icing would be used here.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:29 PM   #8
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How to get deep red icing?

A number of years ago, I tried to get a deep red (Christamas-y red) royal icing for some sugar cookies I was making for Christmas. After several attempts resulting in a light pink icing, I hung my head down and gave up. I remember trying several of Wilton's food colors, all promising deep reds, but ended without success.

I even tried using KoolAid mix once. That gave a great deep red, but it ended up like drinking a glass of KoolAid with every cookie...

My friend made then showed me up and made a butter-based icing on her first try. All good, but that icing would not hold its shape.

So what's a good solution? If I want Christmas reds and greens, what type of icing should be used?

Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2007, 05:13 PM   #9
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I use this on all my frosted cookies:

2C sifted confectioners sugar
1T melted butter
3-4T cream
1t vanilla

Beat together until smooth and glossy. If you want thiner icing use 4T of cream.

This seems to take coloring very well, although deep red is not a color I've tried.
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I use this on all my frosted cookies:

2C sifted confectioners sugar
1T melted butter
3-4T cream
1t vanilla

Beat together until smooth and glossy. If you want thiner icing use 4T of cream.

This seems to take coloring very well, although deep red is not a color I've tried.
Does this recipe dry to be hard?Thats what Im looking for.
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