I don't love Valentine's Day. I find it an overly commercialized holiday created just to make us spend money. But the girl in me can't fight the call of all that pink! So despite the fact that I try to avoid actually celebrating Valentine's Day, I still bake up a storm of pretty Valentine's Day themed treats. This year I've been dying to try my hand at royal icing. And I finally bought a Kitchen-Aid Mixer, so all my stars were aligned for cookie making! For a first attempt, I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results! Plus they're so pink! After a little more practice, I think I'll make these as conversation hearts next year! What do you guys think? And I'd love to hear about the V-day baking y'all have been up to!
I know some of the ingredients/tools for royal icing take a bit of time to find so I've made a list of the stuff I used just in case :)
Click here for the sugar cookie recipe!
- Scant (almost) 1/2 cup water
- 4 tbs meringue powder
- 1 tsp corn syrup
- 1 lb sugar
- Beat the meringue powder and water together until foamy.
- Add in powdered sugar and corn syrup and beat on medium and slowly progressing to high until stiff peaks are formed. (DO NOT OVERBEAT)
- If you are coloring the icing you can divide (or keep all of it together) and add food coloring at this point (I used gel coloring which works a little better then the liquid stuff)
- Fill a small piping bottle (or bag) with a number 3 or 4 tip (the small circle). This is what you line the border of cookie with. You want to wait until this icing is dry before you start fill in the cookies.
- With the remaining icing, add water tablespoon by tablespoon, until the icing resemble a thick syrup.
- Place in large icing bottle. Place the tip in the middle of the cookie and slowly fill in the cookie.
- Let dry before eating!