Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, December 18, 2011

royal icing for cookie decorating

although there are many recipes for royal icing, i have found one that works every time and hardens nicely so that cookies can be stacked, packaged or transported for gift giving.

here is the recipe: 5 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup egg whites (refrigerated egg whites work fine)

measure and incorporate all ingredients. combine with a hand mixer on low speed, then switch to high for 2-5 minutes until they are snow white and fluffy.  keep the icing bowl covered with a damp towel while decorating cookies or a gingerbread house.  this icing recipe will not soak into the cookie making it soft or causing a gingerbread house to collapse.

this recipe can be made in smaller quantities.  this recipe is enough to decorate one gingerbread house.

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