Easy Icing

Make an easy icing for sugar cookies using powdered sugar, powdered egg whites and your choice of gel food colors.



Makes 2 1/2 cups icing


1 (1-pound) box (3 1/4 cups) powdered sugar
1/4 cup Just Whites (powdered egg whites)
1/3 cup water
Gel food colors
Decorating sugar, edible glitter (optional)


Beat powdered sugar and Just Whites in a large bowl with mixer on low speed until combined. Add 1/3 cup water; beat until blended. Increase speed to high; continue to beat 8 minutes or until icing is very thick. Icing can be tinted with paste or gel food colors, as desired. Pipe onto cookies, or thin with a bit more water for spreading.

To pipe icing: Use a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, or fill a zip-top plastic bag with icing and snip off 1 of the corners. Pipe icing along the edges of the cookies or in a pattern you like. Immediately sprinkle with decorating sugar or edible glitter, if desired.

Rose Levy Berenbaum,


December 2007
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