Using Sparkling Sugar to Decorate Cookies --
Tips from Kitchen Collectables' Customers
"Make a thin glaze of meringue powder and water. No recipe, just an unscientific eyeballing
of about a spoonful of meringue powder and a bit of water.
Paint the cookie and sand with sugar. I use a small child's paint brush (one never used for
paint) and then I can use multiple colors. Use the same method to sand the cookies before baking.
"I recently attended a cookie class taught by a lady from Austin, TX who bakes and
decorates cookies professionally, and this is what she does. She makes a "paint" of egg
white and water (1 egg white and 1/4 tsp. water) and 'paints' the UNBAKED cookie
with this colorless paint. Then she sprinkles the sugar right onto the cookie and the egg
white paint causes the sugar to stick. She then baked the cookies as usual.
"To keep sugar on cookies, before baking, brush with beaten egg. Then put sugar on
to moist cookie and bake. The sugar will stay on the cookies. You can use different
colors of sugar on one cookie with no problem.
"Paint the area of the cookie you want sugared with a small paint brush dipped in a mixture
of meringue powder and water. Sprinkle the sugar over the cookies. Let the cookies dry
for 10 minutes before shaking off excess. When the surface is dry you can pipe on outlines
to add detail to your cookies.
"For cookies with both icing and sparkling sugars, pipe an outline and fill in cookies with
royal icing. When the icing is just starting to dry, carefully pick up and dip each cookie,
icing side down, into a bowl containing plenty of sparkling sugar. Tap the cookie lightly
on the side of the bowl. Return the cookie to the cooling rack and allow to dry completely.
This works great for stars and Christmas ornaments. Extra sparkling sugar in the bowl can
be returned to the container for later use."
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