Quick and easy homemade decorator icing for cookies. This icing is dairy and egg free! Adjust the flavorings and consistency easily to suit your project and personal taste. Best applied with a decorator tip. Add embellishments as desired.
I wanted to ice my shortbread cookies for valentine’s day. I don’t usually make iced cookies so I had to go hunt up a recipe. I found this video on Martha Stewart.com that may help you with cookie decorating tips. I adjusted the recipe to suit my own needs. I hope you do the same.
Decorator Icing Tips for your Cookie Project:
This decorator icing is so easy you can quickly make several batches to have lots of icing colors to play with.
- Keep your batches of various colored icings distinct from each other and separate them into different bags so the colors don’t contaminate each other.
- I strongly recommend the Wilton color gels for this icing. The gels let you get a nice deep color without adding too much liquid. And they last a really long time in your cupboard.
- I used my small Wilton decorator tips to apply this frosting to the little heart-shaped shortbread cookies I made. I made a dam(outline your project) around the perimeter of the cookie and filled it in with icing. Worked great! My own skill level is at about the same degree of expertise as my eight year old grand-daughter, I’m afraid they got a few dings before I was done. But these cookies turned out cute anyway!
- Keeping the tip of the decorator tips covered with a wet paper towel protects the frosting so it won’t dry out.
- Keep your tip and bag vertical when applying any frosting. This really helps control your results. Amazon has a whole page of Wilton cake decorating products including tip sets, and color gels if you want to take a look. they are easily available at Walmart, Michaels, and other places too!
Shortbread cookies and pressed spritz cookies, are really popular at our house. The rich buttery cookies disappear hot off the cooling rack. Sugar cookies are the more traditional cookie for this project but we loved these! Rich, buttery with a bit of lemon almond in the icing. Yum!
A word about Meringue Powder:
Meringue powder is powdered, dried egg whites. It’s used to help with the consistency of various decorator icings and frostings. Meringue powder makes the finished Royal icing ‘Candy Hard’ according to their description for royal icing. I don’t find Meringue powder necessary for this icing, for the simple decorating I have done, so far. You may want to use it in this recipe. That is fine and I’d love to hear your opinions about it in the comment section below. When it comes to decorating, I claim NO expertise! This simple recipe, without meringue powder, have worked fine for me for several projects! Meringue powder is available in the cake decorating section of Walmart, Michaels and other stores or follow the affiliate link above to the Wilton online cake decorating products.
I made these iced cookies with the grandkids(and hubby) in mind. I’m not experienced as a baker/decorator so I wasn’t sure how they would go over with the family. They declared them beautiful and gobbled them up immediately! These cookies would be great frosted and decorated at any party. My grand girls want to help me make more. Maybe soon… this project is so easy it would be fun to do with kids.