ROYAL ICING RECIPE~
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp cream of tarter (it's with the other spices at the store)
3 beaten egg whites
6 TBSP hot water
Icing hardens fast so be prepared to decorate cookies right away after making the icing. Combine everything into a large bowl and beat with a mixer on high about 6 minutes. You want nice, stiff peaks to form and the icing should be shiny and fluffy.
If you are making different colors, set aside 1/2 cup of icing in a separate bowl and add 1 drop of food color and mix well. If you want a stronger color, add 1 drop at a time, mixing well after each addition.Place cookies on aluminum foil before icing them.
Use a knife, paint brush or icing bags to decorate the cookies.
Advice - to avoid different colors from bleeding into each other on the cookie, let the 1st icing dry completely before putting a different color on top of it.
If your icing starts to harden too fast, add one TBSP hot water at a time and mix well.