Royal Icing
Recipe from Food & Wine

This sugary icing makes a great topping for cookies, but it can also be used to decorate cupcakes and cakes. It dries to a hard, white, shiny gloss; food coloring can also be added.

Quentin Bacon

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Yield: About 1-1/4 cups
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Related Categories: Cookie Icing, Cookies, Desserts
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In a medium bowl, beat the egg white at medium speed until foamy. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating between additions, until the sugar is completely incorporated. Add the water and beat at high speed until the icing holds its shape, about 5 minutes.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip and use at once; thin with water if necessary.
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