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Danielle Rose

Fruity Holiday Ice-n-Pipe Icing

Posted by Danielle Rose on Decmber 15, 2014
Fruity Holiday Ice-n-Pipe Icing

One of the best parts of the holiday season is undoubtedly holiday cookies. I love that “tis the season” becomes the “YOLO” of excuses to eat cookies every day this time of year, merely because well, tis the season! Almost as much as I love eating holiday cookies, I enjoy the process of making different holiday cookies, especially when all dolled up in icing and shapes just for the festive occasion.

As much as I enjoy icing cookies, that hasn’t stopped me from looking for as many food hacks as I can to make the whole repetitive process more efficient. That’s where my Fruity Holiday Ice-n-Pipe Icing comes in, here to deliver not one, but three innovative food hacks to you!

Don’t you hate when you are about to colour your icing, only to find that you are out of food colouring? Well the first hack I’ve got for you allows you to quickly adapt your recipe with ease and even heighten the flavour of it! By adding a package of Jell-O Jelly Powder to the sugar in your royal icing, you’re able to achieve that great pop of colour you were aiming for. More than that, the flavour of the chosen Jell-O Jelly Powder will shine through, making it even tastier!

The second hack that helped me in making my icing came in handy when I had to separate my eggs for the icing. I was incredibly skeptical that this hack wouldn’t work, which made me all the more impressed when it did! Crack your egg into a small bowl. Using a bottle with a medium-sized opening, squeeze the bottle and place the opening on top of the egg yolk, release your hold on the squeeze, and sure enough, the bottle will suction the yolk right up into the bottle, separating your egg like a pro!

Last but not least, the third hack that helped me ice my cookies was using a squeeze bottle, as opposed to a piping bag, to decorate my cookies. The squeeze bottle gave me so much more control than I could have achieved using only a piping bag, making the whole process all the more smoother!

Instead of accepting the hack as a fail, I persevered and adapted the hack by quickly filling a squeeze bottle that I had on hand with the remaining pancake batter. The squeeze bottle allowed me to draw my own holiday shapes onto the skillet, giving me control and freedom over the appearance of my pancakes. The resulting pancakes turned out beautifully festive! The trick was to take it slow. Don’t worry about your batter not cooking at the same time, it will. Draw your shapes slowly, taking care to make a clear outline, and presto! You have adorable, festive pancakes to add to your breakfast!

Get These

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 1 package Jell-O Jelly Powder (your choice of colour/flavour)
  • Your favourite sugar cookie recipe

Do This

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the egg whites with the vanilla until very frothy.
  2. Mix the Jell-O Jelly Powder in with the sugar and, with the mixer on low, gradually add in the sugar mixture until well combined and shiny in appearance. Beat on high for another 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spoon the icing into a squeeze bottle and decorate your favourite sugar cookies!

Done!

Fruity Holiday Ice-n-Pipe Icing
  • This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies
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