Powdered Sugar Icing Recipe

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The shiny smooth finish of the powdered sugar icing will give your cutout cookies that perfect decorative touch and its flavor will add just the right taste.
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  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • Food coloring
20 mins
20 mins
  • Add all the ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Stir until powdered sugar is moistened.
  • Beat mixture with an electric mixer until smooth. If icing is too thick, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of water and mix again. Continue to add a small amount of water until the icing is at the desired consistency.
  • It may be desirable to leave the icing a little thicker to begin with to do the piping on the cookies first. If you are going to do flooding, a little more water can be added to thin the icing at that time.
  • If decorating with different colors, divide the icing up according to the number of desired colors. Add small drops of food coloring to color the icing.
  • To use this icing for decorating cutout cookies, pipe the icing around the outer edges of the area to decorate and then fill in by flood coating. Use a pastry bag for piping or use a plastic bag and squeeze icing out a clipped corner of the bag.
  • Once piping is done, thin the icing down for flooding by stirring in 1/2 teaspoon or less of water. Continue to add water 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time until the icing is the proper consistency. It should still be thick but it should run off a spoon in a steady stream.
  • Spoon the thinned icing inside the piped area and then smooth out with a knife to evenly coat the cookies. The icing will harden after being allowed to sit and dry for a couple of hours.
  • When you are working with the frosting, be sure the frosting not being used at the time is covered with plastic to prevent it from drying out.
  • Sugar or sprinkles can be added while the icing is still tacky but if it has dried too much they will not stick.
  • Once the icing has dried, other decorative toppings can be added to decorate the iced cookies. Toppings, such as sugars, non-pariels, sprinkles, dragees, nuts, and candy can be used.
  • To decorate after the icing has dried, using toppings such as sugar and sprinkles, apply a light coat of warmed light corn syrup with a small paintbrush in the area that you want the topping to stick. Sprinkle the coated area with the desired topping.
  • Other toppings, such as dragees, nuts, and candy can be added by applying a little frosting to the topping and sticking it on the cookie.
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