Make traditional icing with a twist! Discover how to make this innovative alternative to royal icing - anti-royal icing - and why you should use it as royal icing for sugar cookies!
Making Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies
Are you tired of traditional royal icing? Take your baking to the next level with anti-royal icing! This unique twist on the classic frosting is easy to make and even more delicious than its classic counterpart. Read on to learn how to make anti royal icing and why you should try this alternative for your next baking project.
Frosting Saves Sanity
For three weeks I've spent one day of each of those weeks taking the baby into the doctor. "She's fine, she'll beat it" I was told. Finally yesterday her ear infection, throat infection and cold turned bad enough that she needed antibiotics. (Note: I have NEVER been happier in my whole life to have a child go on medicine). I'm also happy to report that in addition to the above mentioned, she's also cutting her two front teeth. At the same time. That's right. I earned that badge. Three weeks of night and day fun.
Back to yesterday though. Little boy home with pinkeye, screaming crying baby, daughter in pain and moaning because she got braces for the first time yesterday and a call from the husband saying his insulin pump had run out. (When that happens his blood sugar rises and he gets really sick for a few hours until his blood sugar returns back to normal. And then after that he feels pretty crappy for the rest of the night as his body recovers). With no family close by, a husband who wouldn't be able to help out, and patience wearing very, very thin I decided the only way to survive the night was with cookies.
What is Anti-Royal Icing?
Anti-royal icing is an alternative to traditional royal icing. It does not contain egg white. And unlike classic royal icing, which hardens quickly and has a stiffer texture, anti-royal icing sets but remains a little lighter and fluffier, making it perfect for cakes, cupcakes, brownies and other pastries.
I decided to NOT use royal icing and opted for a glaze like frosting that tasted just as good and performed like royal icing. It holds up great and you can flood your cookies like you do with royal icing. It's wonderful to use!
How to Make and Use Anti-Royal Icing
To make anti-royal icing, blend the powdered sugar, water, butter, corn syrup, extract and salt for a couple of minutes until the icing becomes shiny. Pipe, spread or dollop over your favorite treats for a unique twist to traditional frosting, with more flavor!
Benefits and Advantages of this Unique Frosting
Anti-royal icing offers more flavor than Royal Icing. It has a unique and creamy consistency versus the traditional crunch of Royal Icing, making it ideal for spreading over cakes or brownies. In addition, its glossy finish lends itself well to decorations such as nuts and sprinkles for a more elegant look on your finished sweet treats!
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Decorating Ideas for Recipes with Anti-Royal Icing
Anti-royal icing is a great choice if you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your baked goods. It pairs well with nuts, coconut flakes, candies and colored sugars for an eye-catching presentation. You can also try combining it with melted chocolate or melted peanut butter chips—both of which will add flavor as well as make your desserts look even tastier! Additionally, try using different techniques such as piping or dropping spoonfuls of the icing onto your treats for some fun texture variation.
Our three ingredient shortbread cookies would be perfect for this!
Tips for Perfectly Creamy Results Every Time
Getting the perfect balance of texture and consistency for your anti-royal icing is key to a successful end result. Just mix all ingredients together and blend until shiny. It's a simple and easy foolproof recipe! With these tips in mind, you will get perfectly creamy results each and every time!
These sugar cookies pair perfectly with this "anti" royal icing that is simpler to make and just as tasty as the original icing.
- 2 ½ cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
- ¼ tsp. salt
- In a mixing bowl, blend all ingredients until mixture becomes shiny. Add food coloring if desired. Place in a piping bag or squirt bottle. Pipe onto perimeter of cookies.
- To flood, thin frosting slightly with water (honey consistency). Fill in interior of cookie, run a toothpick through to fill any gaps and to remove any air bubbles. Allow to dry one hour before piping over the top with a different frosting. Allow frosting to set up completely for several hours or overnight.
Your cookies look so soft and pretty! Yes, you deserve a cookie. No, the entire batch! Hope everyone gets feeling better....
I think your cookies look beautiful! I LOVE sugar cookies.
I guess when it rains it pours. Hope everyone is feeling better now. A good cookie always makes me feel better too. Yours look scrumptious!
Very nice! I use dyed melted white chocolate instead of royal icing on my cookies. Floods exactly the same, tastes terrific, I can use dark chocolate for outlining, and you can put the cookies in the freezer for 1 minute and they're set! It's my anit-royal icing.
Great idea! I am going to try that next time. It sounds quick and easy too. Love it!
Does it harden the same as royal icing??
Yes, very similar to it.