Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Cookies with royal icing

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I've been keen to try to make the royal icing for a while now, and have searched a lot about it. It looked beautiful and interesting, and what made me really want to have a go is that you can customise it.

You won't believe it if I said I've never had it. I think it is not something very commonly seen in our culture.So I have looked for things you need to make it, but haven't found all the things I needed, nonetheless I did make it.
I bought big cookie cutters, as I thought that I will be working on small details for the first time, I need a big space, however it has proven unnecessary.I had number 5 decorating tip so I looked for smaller ones and I could only find number 1, which was too small and causes pain when trying to squeeze too hard :S..

My cookies recipe:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup caster sugar
200 gm salted butter (two sticks)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
  • beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  • add the egg and vanilla and continue beating
  • add flour, beat with the mixer for one minute, then continue mixing with hand
when using the cutters, you will need to flour your surface otherwise it will be difficult to work with the dough.
bake for 10 minutes.

I was happy to find a recipe without egg whites (my kids will be eating those so I am not keen on them eating egg whites uncooked), and without meringue which I couldn't find here at all.

The recipe of the royal icing was from this wonderful blog:
1 cup icing sugar
1 tbs milk (and more)
1 drop lemon juice
1 tbs light corn syrup
  • combine icing sugar, lemon juice and corn syrup
  • add the milk, start with 1 tbs and add till you reach favourable consistency
I had fun outlining the cookies and flooding them. Then my mistake was that I was totally impatient and wanted to do some decorations while the base was still wet. and so whatever design I wanted to make spread, so I had to stick to some dots only lol..
I hated the smell of corn syrup, so I didn't eat the cookies for the first two days and I thought I'd never do, but by the third day the effect of that very sugary sweet day faded and I ate some and enjoyed them !..
an important tip, get bigger decorating tip, tip number 1 was a disaster for me and the icing wouldn't come out  as I forgot to sift the icing when I wanted to decorate. (this is an important step)

the cookie on the left has the silent letter (h) in Arabic (my son's initial)
and the one below is (a) in Arabic (my daughter's initial)

on the second day, not anymore shiny:)

Will I ever do it again,,, emm maybe once in a while, and on few occasions..:)


  1. Masha'allah these looks great! Very creative and tasty I'm sure!

  2. Thanks a lot my sister, they were tasty and if you have a sweet tooth you are sure to love them

  3. Hi MoOn, thanks for visiting my blog. Your cookies look beautiful and you're very brave to experiment with royal icing - I never have the patience or artistic ability to use it without creating a huge mess! Very good of you to keep on eating too... the things we do in the pursuit of culinary perfection!

  4. The kitchenmaid,
    I loved your blog, just didn't get the chance to post something.
    I am glad I attempted it, I know how things can be better next time,
    Thanks for your sweet complimenet :)