Decorating Cookies

Sponge Painting Cookies

Turn plain or shaped sugar cookies into multicolored creations with this unique sponge technique.
  1. You will first need to prepare Royal Icing. Using only clean, uncracked Grade A eggs, beat 4 egg whites in a clean, large bowl with electric mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 4 cups sifted powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of flavored extract (vanilla, lemon, peppermint, coconut, almond, etc.). Beat at high speed until thickened. Makes 2 cups icing.

  2. Remove one half of the icing (leaving the other half white for base icing) and divide among 2 or 3 small bowls. Tint small bowls of icing with liquid or paste food coloring. For best results, use 2 to 3 shades of the same color. (If icing is too thick, stir in water, 1 drop at a time, with spoon until slightly thickened.)

  3. Spread thin layer of white base icing on completely cooled plain or shaped sugar cookies to within 1/8 inch of edges with small spatula. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature or until icing is set.

    A sponge being  used to apply icing for cookie decoration.
    Use a sponge to apply the icing.

  4. Hot Tip!
    When dry, Royal Icing is very hard and resistant to damage that can occur during shipping.
    Cut clean kitchen sponge into 1-inch squares with scissors. Use a separate sponge for each color of icing. Dip sponges into tinted icing, scraping against side of bowl to remove excess icing. Gently press sponges onto base icing several times until desired effect is achieved. Let stand 15 minutes or until icing is set.

Piped icing is another excellent decorative tool. Find out more about it on the next page.

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