Decorated Cookies are so much fun to do! It's a bit nerve racking waiting for the royal icing to dry. This is the first time I made royal icing using meringue powder. I always used egg whites but then I'm making this for a good friend's preggy cousin P. So I know that raw egg whites are a big no no! I hauled my ass to the nearest baking specialty store and grabbed a tub of meringue powder. Back to the kitchen I went and started making my flock. I couldn't find any rubber ducky cookie cutter so I made do with making my own template for it and individually cut them out with a sharp paring knife.It was a lot of hard work but then it's so gratifying seeing many of them done and ready for the oven.
Keeping my fingers crossed, I went ahead and followed the instructions found at the back of the meringue container. Within the first minutes of mixing the powder and water, nothing is happening. My mind was panicking!!! It no way resembled whipped egg whites! Luckily when I increased the speed of the mixer, within the few minutes it starting to look like whipped egg whites. phew! The icing sugar you'd be using must definitely be sifted so that your royal icing would be silky smooth. Divide the basic white royal icing into different bowls depending on the the desired number of color. In my case, I divided them into three. Use paste or gel food coloring and not the liquid stuff so as to avoid altering the finished texture of the icing. Be sure to blend the color properly so that it would be in one cohesive color. Lucky for me everything went smoothly and I managed to finished everything in one day in a leisurely pace. I'm so glad the P liked it and everyone who I showed them to find them adorable and too pretty to eat :D It's such a huge ego boast! :D
Have a happy Baby Shower P! Congrats on the bundle of joy that would be arriving soon!