Jes Best Royal Icing

Jes Best Royal Icing
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Makes enough to decorate 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on size
2 lbs confectioners' sugar, no need to sift
10 tablespoons meringue powder (CK or Henry & Henry)
1 pinch salt
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1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons water
optional
gel food coloring
2 lbs confectioners' sugar, no need to sift
10 tablespoons meringue powder (CK or Henry & Henry)
1 pinch salt
+
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons water
optional
gel food coloring
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix sugar, meringue powder and salt on low for just a bit to incorporate evenly.
Slowly add 1/2 cup water while mixing at a low speed. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until sugar is just wet.
Scrape sides of the mixing bowl. Increase speed one notch (#2 on Kitchenaid stand mixer). Mix for five minutes. When finished icing should have a matte (not glossy) finish and hold it's shape on the paddle when pulled up/out of the bowl.
Separate into clean, oil-free containers and tint with gel food coloring.
This recipe yields "stiff" consistency for piping details. Add water as needed to achieve flooding consistency.
Keep covered tightly and store for up to a week in a cool dry place or 10 days in the refrigerator. Mix well when ready to use.

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