Cookies with royal icing. "Flooding" is a technique used to cover a cookie completely with royal icing. For over a century, royal icing has been used to decorate sugar cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and even gingerbread houses. It's particularly magical for gingerbread because it hardens quickly, acting as a glue as you piece together four sides and a roof to make an edible cottage or castle.
And dipping cookies is just as easy as it sounds: Prep a thin royal icing, place it in a shallow bowl, then dip the top of your cutout cookies into the icing—done! With a little practice you can be an expert at cookie stenciling! In this video I will show you how to use a cookie stencil using a stencil frame or a simple set of magnets. You can cook Cookies with royal icing using 3 ingredients and 11 steps. Here is how you achieve that.
Ingredients of Cookies with royal icing
- It’s 454 g of sugar, icing.
- You need 4 of egg whites.
- Prepare As needed of gel colouring.
I'll also show you a few common mistakes. In my years of doing this, I've found the most important key to perfect stenciling is the right icing consistency. Find my recipe for royal icing here! Scoop some frosting in a piping bag fitted with a small round writing tip—this will be used for piping borders on the cookies.
Cookies with royal icing instructions
- Whisk egg whites and icing sugar together.
- For flooding: When pulling a tooth pick through icing the dent should disappear in 4 counts (whisk until it only disappears after 4 counts).
- Colour half the icing for flooding with gel colouring (you can make as many colours as you like). Keep leftover icing in airtight container or ziplock bag in fridge for decorating..
- NB always keep icing closed with damped clothes when you're not using it. Never let it dry out**.
- Place icing in piping bag with small round nozzle. There are 2 main flooding methods I use..
- Flooding method 1 (I used this one for these cookies): Pipe icing on cookie and with skewer or toothpick drag icing in circular motion to the edges https://youtu.be/CyFBQ3ylnhM.
- Flooding method 2: Draw edge and fill cookie in the middle with icing https://youtu.be/K9wEILJshpU.
- Let flooding dry overnight.
- For fine decorating: When pulling a tooth pick through icing the dent should disappear in 9 counts (whisk until it only disappears after 9 counts).
- Divide icing in as many colours you please.
- Play around with dots, stripes and letters..
I use my whisk attachment on my mixer. Writing with royal icing is dependent on: font style, font size, icing consistency, piping tip/size, piping pressure, piping technique. Today, I'll talk with you about how I approach writing with icing. This isn't comprehensive, but it's a great starting point. Perhaps one of the most popular uses for royal icing is to decorate sugar cookies!