Q&A: Can you buy the kind of cookie frosting that hardens at grocery stores?

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Question by philasophos01: Can you buy the kind of cookie frosting that hardens at grocery stores?
I want to make holiday cookies & decorate them but don’t know how to get the designs not to be all goopy, and make them so I can actually transfer them without them becoming indiscriminate blobs. Any suggestions please?

Best answer:

Answer by sue
Not sure what you have in mind, but the simplest cookie icing is powdered sugar moistened and colored. This gets hard quickly, so you have to be rapid at making your design.

smear the base color on the cookie, pipe with smallest tip, the designs you want on the cookie. Don’t get any of this too thick on the cookie. Don’t get the icing too thin or too thick. It will take a bit of practice to get it the way you can work with.

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  1. ~Jen~ says:

    You can buy it in some stores, Its called Royal Icing. Its not that great though, but it does the job. Here’s the recipe I use to make mine, its very simple, and gets stiff when it dries. Remember, any icing that needs to be hard usually has egg whites in it. Powdered sugar and water or milk want do the trick. Good Luck

  2. gailschairer says:


    2 cups sifted powdered sugar
    4 tsp. meringue powder
    ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
    ¼ cup warm water
    1 to 2 tablespoons additional warm water
    Paste food coloring

    In small bowl, combine sugar, meringue powder & cream of tartar. Stir in warm water. Beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes until very stiff. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional warm water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until of glazing consistency. To tint, divide the glaze into small portions. Add enough paste food coloring to each portion to make desired color. Pipe onto cookies.

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