I've never really decorated with royal icing before and it kinda shows! I made some "butt cookies" for my sister-in-law's bachelorette party a few weekends ago and while they were adorable I wish this wasn't the first time decorating cookies with royal icing. Oh well - you gotta learn sometime! It's not that it was hard but I also think trying so many colors (I think 6 in the end) was too much for a first timer - I was stressing about the mess! Next time I'll just make sure to be totally prepared!
To get the "butt" shape
- roll cookie dough as normal and use a HEART cookie cutter. Cut the point of the cut cookie off with a sharp kinfe.
* I was also reminded that these could have been bra cookies as well!
Basic Royal Icing
1 lb (4 c.), powdered sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp meringue powder
4-6 Tbsp water*
*the amount of water you will need to add to the icing is very much dependent on temperature and humidity of the place you are and the day you make it.
Note: All tools (mixer, bowl, spatula, paddle) must be completely free of any grease/fat or the icing will turn to water and you will have to start over.
-In bowl of large stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, add powdered sugar, meringue powder, and 4 Tbsp water.
-Turn mixer on medium speed and slowly add more water as necessary for icing to just come together (about 1 more).
-Turn mixer on high and beat for 7-10 minutes, or until the sheen comes off of the icing.
-Use immediately and place a damp towel over any remaining icing - it dries quickly!
To Add Color:
In a small bowl, place some of your royal icing. Take a toothpick, swirl it in your gel coloring and pull out the amount of food coloring you'll need. Place the toothpick end into the icing and swirl to incorporate the color into the icing. Use your spatula to mix the icing until the color is fully incorporated. If you need more color, use a new toothpick, as not to contaminate the food coloring.
To Decorate Cookies:
I recommend checking out Chelle's site for instructions on how to decorate with Royal Icing. I tried and failed at writing down the directions because I was so unorganized when decorating the cookies!