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gingerbread cookie glaze

wonka's picture

Hi all,

Every Christmas I make gingerbread men and gals for the kids to hand out to their classmates. My hands can no longer handle the royal icing that I decorate with. I was thinking of making a much thinner version and spreading it on. Then the kids can draw on the icing with food safe colour makers. I am just not sure how to go about thinning a royal icing to a spreadable consistancy. Any ideas? My brain is just not coming up with an idea on its own today.

thanks Veronica

msm-s's picture

(post #33560, reply #1 of 5)

martha stewart had "pooled" royal icing on cookies on the cover of dec 1997 mag.
the ercipe doesn't specify that it's different from the standard, but does suggest adding water, to thin to desired consistency, one teaspoon at a time. a little water does go a long way with powdered sugar.
great idea, by the way!

wonka's picture

(post #33560, reply #3 of 5)

I was hoping it would be as simple as thinning with water. This way the kids can do alot of the work. It's for their friends after all.

helena1's picture

(post #33560, reply #4 of 5)

That's all I ever do as well, just add water and mix until the desired consistency is achieved. You don't need much water. If you mix the royal icing in your standmixer, the hard work is already done and you just have to stir it when adding the water (you could even do this with the mixer). Good luck :o)

wonka's picture

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Amy's picture

(post #33560, reply #2 of 5)

This works great!
Cookie Icing
2 c. confectioners' sugar
6-8 tsp. milk
4 tsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. almond extract
food coloring, as desired

In medium bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. Add food coloring to desired intensity. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Dip fronts of cookies into icing, letting excess drip off, back into the bowl. Allow to dry overnight.

Picture of heart cookies using this method here.