Royal icing hardens when dry, making it a favorite for durable decorations and ornamental writing.
Shiny sugar cookie frosting is a slightly thinner frosting that produces a shiny glaze effect.
Buttercream frosting is also a classic topper because it spreads on thickly, so decorations can be added with ease.
No matter which you frosting or icing recipe you choose, add decorations – such as sparkling sugars, candy bits or colorful sprinkles – while the icing is still wet so decorations can set.
Royal icing recipe
4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup dried egg whites*
1/3 cup water
Combine powdered sugar and dried egg whites. Stir in water to achieve a spreadable consistency. Divide into several smaller bowls. Stir in food coloring.
Brush frosting on each cookie using pastry brush to coat top. Add sparkling sugars and toppings of your choice while still wet. Or pipe onto cookies using a pastry bag or zip-close bag with corner snipped off. Frosting will harden as it dries.
Makes frosting for 3 dozen 2- to 3-inch cookies
*Dried egg whites are available in the baking section of the grocery store.