How To Flood Icing On Sugar Cookies

Decorating cookies is a beautiful way to make them your own, and one of the simplest ways to do this is by flooding icing on cookies. With this technique, your cookies will have a silky smooth finish, and can be customized however you'd like. Southern Living's Whitney Wright walks you through the simple steps that show you how to do this easily in your kitchen. Follow these tricks and you'll be flooding royal icing onto your favorite sugar cookies in no time.


We bake a lot of cookies in the Southern Living Test Kitchen. And the technique we use to get a nice, even layer of frosting on the surface of a cookie is called flooding. Here's how you do it. First, you wanna take a cut-out cookie that's been baked and completely cooled, and put it on a sheet of parchment paper. And then, we've got some royal icing that's been put in the disposable piping bag. This royal icing is a little bit looser in consistency. It's a consistency for flooding a cookie, and it is 2 pounds of powdered sugar, plus 3/4 of a cup of water, and 4 teaspoons of meringue powder. We've whisked that together until it's nice and smooth. We dyed ours pink. And now, what you're gonna do is snip the tip off of the piping bag. And you don't want a big opening. Just about, let's say, 1/4 of an inch. We're just gonna pipe a single ring of frosting all the way around the edge of the cookie. When you get back to the beginning, keep going, and pipe in a spiral pattern towards the center until you've completely coated the cookie and you're in the middle. And now, you wanna take a toothpick. We're gonna swirl it around in the frosting, starting at the edge to make it a nice, even layer. Once you go around, you wanna get into the middle part, too. And even if there aren't gaps, you wanna go all the way around the cookie to make sure the icing is in an even layer. And that's it. You've got a perfectly iced cookie.
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