Icing for decorating cookies

Some quickie icing recipes that have worked nicely with the kids. A resealable freezer bag with a tiny hole cut in the corner is the easiest pastry bag you can come by. Recipes I've seen warn not to let icing come in contact with oil or plastic, but if you're using it all the same day that's no problem. Cover with wax paper or plastic wrap flush with the icing so it doesn't crust up when it is not in use.

Plain icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp water

Place sugar in bowl and add water by teaspoons until you reach desired thickness. If you are spreading with knives, aim for a thick paste. If you want to pipe out lines, go for a thinner consistency. Lay out without overlap for a few hours as the icing dries. Can stack with wax paper between once dried. Can store for four days at room temperature or a month in the refrigerator.

Royal icing (best for gluing together a gingerbread house because it gets rock hard):
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg white

From Joy of Cooking:
1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine 2/3 cup powdered sugar and one egg white.
2. Microwave on high until mixture reaches 160-175 degrees F (about 30-60 seconds). If you need to take more than on temperature reading, was the thermometer thoroughly or dip in boiling water before taking next reading.
3. Add 2/3 cup powdered sugar and beat on high speed until icing cools and holds stiff peaks.
4. Add more powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency. Color with liquid or powdered food coloring. Can be stored in covered container for up to 3 days.

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