The Basics: How To Tint Frosting For Decorating Sugar Cookies

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The Technique

How To Tint Frosting For Decorating Sugar Cookies

Although Classic Royal Icing is the foundation for which many beautiful decorated sugar cookies rely on, different textures may be desired in order to create specific designs. Frosting is a medium that adds a whipped & fluffy appearance offering a three dimensional effect to surfaces when placed in piping bags fit with certain pastry tip styles. Frosting can be manipulated by either adding more powdered sugar or milk to create different consistencies. Thinner frostings may be desired to ice cookie surfaces entirely while thicker ones are ideal to load into pastry bags for decorating with fine detail. Green Vanilla Frosting may be tinted with any color as it is a basic formula that may be used to create all sorts of design elements. Learn how to make a frosting perfect for your Christmas cookie decorating projects & beyond.


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makes about 2 cups

1/2 cup softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp whole milk
Green food coloring paste

Beat the butter, the powdered sugar & 1 tablespoon of milk with an electric hand-held or stand mixer until well blended & fluffy. Allow the mixture to become smooth & whipped in appearance. If the mixture is stiff, add the remaining milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. Tint the mixture with green food coloring paste, blending well. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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How To Tint Frosting For Decorating Sugar Cookies

Tinting frosting is a pretty straightforward technique. Two main points should be taken into consideration. First, begin with a small amount of food coloring paste, blend it into the frosting completely, then decide if more should be added to create the specific coloration you’re trying to achieve. Second, use a clean wooden pick for each addition. This will keep the food coloring paste available for later projects. Once you are satisfied with the hue. Stir the mixture thoroughly to be certain it is well mixed.

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A few pieces of equipment will be necessary in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.


No. 1

Beat the butter, the powdered sugar & 1 tablespoon of milk with an electric hand-held or stand mixer until well blended & fluffy. Allow the mixture to become smooth & whipped in appearance. If the mixture is stiff, add the remaining milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.


No. 2

Tint the mixture with green food coloring paste, blending well. 


No. 3

Use as directed in specific recipe applications. For pointers on getting the Green Vanilla Frosting ready for decorating Classic Sugar Cookie cut outs, look to The Basics: Pastry Bags & Tips.

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