Last Updated on January 9, 2021
The technique of getting gingerbread cookie icing that hardens is in the ingredients, powdered sugar, lemon extract, and meringue powder. Besides, this icing will harden because there is no presence of fat or butter in the recipe. Likewise, this recipe has simple ingredients and is made only in an estimated time of fifteen minutes compared to the royal frosting. In addition to that, its lemon extract adds flavor.
What is Icing?
Icing is a runny sugary liquid that hardens upon cooling. It is more delicate and thinner than frosting. Likewise, it is created with a sugar base, and it is commonly glossy. However, it can be sufficiently thick to pipe on with a pastry bag. For this reason, use thin icing to add color and use thick icing to outline a design.
Moreover, the icing transforms into an opaque white as the sugar crystals harden and cool down in the long run. However, it usually does not hold its form compared to its counterpart, frosting. Though, it can be created in different levels of viscosity depending on the purpose.
Essentially, creating icing is similar to making frosting; however, it commonly does not use butter. That is why you can make a glazier and glossy appearance with icing. With that, you can achieve it by preparing a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave, warm the icing in a short amount of time to make it even smoother. Then, stir regularly to prevent the crust from forming on top.
Additionally, icing is usually flavored with vanilla or lemon juice. Then, its mixture is commonly poured over warm baked goods. Cinnamon rolls, donuts, pound cakes, and gingerbread are usually baked goods decorated with icing.
What You Will Need to Make Gingerbread Icing that Hardens Recipe
- 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
- 5tbsp of meringue powder
- 2 tsp of lemon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 10tbsp of water
- Food coloring
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoon
- Measuring cups
- Pastry bag
- Electric mixer
Step by Step To Make Gingerbread House Icing That Hardens
In a large bowl, beat the powdered sugar and meringue powder using a stand or hand mixer at high speed for two minutes fitted with a whisk attachment.
Then, slowly add water till you achieve the desired consistency. When the mixture is frothy enough, add the lemon extract.
Continue beating the mixture for two minutes, up until you lift the whisk and the icing drizzles down smoothly.
Add food coloring of choice and transfer to a pastry bag to pipe onto cookies.
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Tips and Tricks To Make Gingerbread Cookie Icing That Hardens
You can put more powdered sugar to add a thicker consistency. When tinting the icing, use a small amount of gel or paste food coloring instead of liquid food coloring to avoid having it moist. Use a toothpick, dip the coloring of choice into the mixture, and repeat adding until achieving the desired color.
Experiment with the consistency till it is manageable for you. Add more powdered sugar if you create the frosting too thin. On the other hand, add more milk if it is too thick. Decorate the gingerbread cookies with a simple icing. Likewise, put white icing and colored candies to add some color to the gingerbread cookies.
Also, add food coloring if you desire to pipe on bright green and red buttons or colorful bow-ties if making gingerbread men. Besides, gumdrop buttons are also a great choice.
Make sure to keep all the baking utensils grease-free for icing consistency. The icing is safe to consume because it is created with meringue powder and not raw egg whites. Make sure not to overwhip the icing because incorporating too much air will result in the icing to stick difficultly on the cookie. In addition to that, it will result in the icing to crack.
Always cover any icing when not in use to prevent drying. Ensure to store the leftover icing in an airtight container. Because of this, it can last up to two weeks. With that, re-whip using a whisk attachment on low speed till it returns to the proper consistency before reusing it. Then again, excess icing can be stored with a plastic wrap or a pastry bag for a few days. Thaw the icing to room temperature before reusing; if the icing is lumpy, beat the icing in the stand mixer for a few minutes.
Gingerbread Icing That Hardens Recipe
- In a large bowl, beat the powdered sugar and meringue powder using a stand or hand mixer at high speed for two minutes fitted with a whisk attachment.
- Then, slowly add water till you achieve the desired consistency. When the mixture is frothy enough, add the lemon extract.
- Continue beating the mixture for two minutes, up until you lift the whisk and the icing drizzles down smoothly.
- Add food coloring of choice and transfer to a pastry bag to pipe onto cookies.
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