Southern bakers enjoy decorating their baked goods almost as much as sharing and eating them. An unadorned sugar cookie is delicious straight out of the oven, but why not bump up its appearance and decorate a batch by simply flooding icing on the 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. You don’t need any fancy pastry tools to achieve this beautiful finish; regular plastic sandwich bags will work well, especially if you are trying this for the first time. Getting started is easy: We like to use this recipe for royal icing; it is a little looser and flows easily across the cookie. Depending on how many colors you will use, divide your icing into separate bowls, blend in the food coloring of your choice, and then spoon your icing into piping bags. Twist the top closed, making your bag cone-shaped, and snip off the bottom tip. You don’t want a real big opening or the icing will just spill out. Start at the outside edge of a completely cooled cookie, and simply pipe the icing all the way around, going in circles until you reach the center. With your other colors, add in designs. Let the cookies dry completely before serving. Follow these easy steps and you'll be flooding royal icing onto your favorite sugar cookies in no time. This is a fun technique to use on holiday cookies anytime of the year, but it is especially ideal in the Spring when you want to make cookies for Easter parties and ladies brunches. As you will see from watching the video, you can customize your colors and designs to suit your needs.  Another plus? The flooding technique is perfectly suited for those young bakers who want to help – you simply can’t mess it up!

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