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Must you always use royal icing on sugar cookies?

post #1 of 19
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Or can I use buttercream? I don't like how hard royal icing gets and let's just be honest...buttercream taste much better! I'm preparing to make holiday cookies and wanted to get a good recipe for my icing on them! Thanks so much for your help and for your patience with all my silly questions! icon_rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 19
If you use buttercream, you won't be able to stack them. You can use candy clay (great colors) and MMF-tasty to cover sugar cookies.

There is also a recipe for a cookie icing that is like royal but includes some butter. It will dry, but not quite as hard as plain royal.

1 lb Sifted confectioners sugar
3 T meringue powder
1/2 C Butter-softened
5-6 TBSP water
Flavoring as desired
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post #3 of 19
No there is no rule that you have to use royal icing. I used Alice Cookie icing for my Rosebud and Sunflower cookies. Alice cookie Icing is a hybrid of Royal and Buttercream you could say.


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post #4 of 19
I don't use royal icing because I hate to pay so much for the meringue powder.. I use a cookie glaze ..
2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon corn syrup
almond extract or vanilla

mix together and add your colour. Adjust the consistancy by adding more icing if needed ..This is for outlining and you thin it down a bit for filling in..
Liz

This dries so you can stack them , but not as hard as royal icing.
post #5 of 19
I make all of my cookies butter cookies with buttercream icing and they are WONDERFUL! The only problem is that you can't stack them, but then, why is that actually a problem? I have tried sugar cookies with the buttercream and butter cookies with the royal icing and just about every other kind of cookie with just about every other kind of icing and nothing compares in taste to the butter cookie with the buttercream icing! I guess one drawback is you can't get the perfect drawings and shine that you get with the royal icing - but I certainly have never had ANY complaints. I can't remember where I got the cookie recipe - I really kind of think it was one of Collette Peters' recipes. Anyway it is as follows:

Penny Cookies

1/2 pound (2 sticks) softened butter or marg.
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/8 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa (opt)

in heavy duty mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Slowly add flour a few tbsps. at a time while mixing at low speed. Add vanilla. Chill, bake at 350 for 10-12 min.

Then I just use a regular buttercream recipe for the icing flavoring as you like - I use vanilla and butter flavoring.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cake_Princess

No there is no rule that you have to use royal icing. I used Alice Cookie icing for my Rosebud and Sunflower cookies. Alice cookie Icing is a hybrid of Royal and Buttercream you could say.


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Hey Princess....where could I find Alice Cookie icing recipe at?? Your cookies are awesome!! My favorite is the rosebuds...great job!!

Thanks bunches, ~Denise
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post #7 of 19
I am glad you started this forum...i have been asking myself the same question. I have found this info to be helpful. Thanks everyone.

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post #8 of 19
I have used buttercream before, and had no problem stacking about 3 on top of each other. I decorated at night, left them on a cookie sheet with a paper towel over it, and let them dry like that overnight. I have stacked both right ontop of eachother on a platter, as well as making layers in a box with wax paper in between each cookie.
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post #9 of 19
I use chocolate. It doesnt give you sharp edges but it tastes far better then royal icing and it doesnt break your teeth
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post #10 of 19
I use Fondant.. I use the same cookie cutter to cut the Fondant.. it always comes out perfect...edge is clean and no need waiting to dry. I use a little bit of royal icing to glue the Fondant cut out..

I decorate my cookies very heavy..I put Lace, Beads. Flowers etc... icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 19
Mahal

I would love to see some pictures of your cookies. What kind of cookie do you use with the fondant? I bet they are absolutely gorgeous!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by denise2434

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Originally Posted by Cake_Princess

No there is no rule that you have to use royal icing. I used Alice Cookie icing for my Rosebud and Sunflower cookies. Alice cookie Icing is a hybrid of Royal and Buttercream you could say.


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Hey Princess....where could I find Alice Cookie icing recipe at?? Your cookies are awesome!! My favorite is the rosebuds...great job!!

Thanks bunches, ~Denise



I'd love to know the recipe too, please icon_smile.gif I can't seem to find a royal icing one that tastes good!
post #13 of 19
icon_biggrin.gif Hi Kerririchards,
I use Sugar Cookies when I do heavy decorations on cookies. and I make them really thick (cookies), at least an inch thick so they can hold all the decorations. I use regular Marshmallow FOndant.. , but before I cut it w/ the cookie cutter, I roll it out w/ a textured rolling pin so it would look like Wall PAper.. Unfotunatey I do not have photos of the cookies I made before..I'm planning on making some soon, then I will post the photos..thanks for asking icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 19

http://cakecentral.com/a/alices-cookie-icing

 

Royal butter cream hybrid Alice cookie icing

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post #15 of 19

Here is the recipe and I have used it, love the taste.

 

Alice's Cookie Icing

Ingredients

  • 1# sifted powdered sugar (1 pound equals 4 cups) 3 TBSP. meringue powder 5-6 TBSP water for a thin consistency 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

Cream butter, add sugar & meringue powder, then add water. For a stiff consistency to make a dam on the cookies, I beat in 2-3T of water first, remove some icing for stiff consistency, then add more water until it is very thin & flows like color flow.

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