sorry about the dble post...i had my five year old trying to climb in my lap in an attempt to avoid bedtime
1lb 10X PS
3/8 c. milk (you may use water)
3/8 c. corn syrup
mix sugar and milk first (i use the paddle in my KA) until well mixed, then add corn syrup and just mix until all incorporated. add flavoring (1tsp extract, 1 TBS liquer, or 2-3 drops oil) and mix. i also usually mix for a few minutes on very low to help get rid of air bubbles.
to make the outline
, add 6-8 heaping TBS per 1/2 cup outline.
toba uses her outline as is, without color.
i like to have a perfectly seamless edge to my cookies so mine is colored. so when i take my green flood icing and add the PS to make the flood, the green icing gets a little lighter (which i don't like because i am a fussbudget, lol), so i just put the tinest amount on a toothpick and add a bit of green color back into the flood.
when i do drop dots, i take my flood and add enough PS to make the consistency between flood and outline to help retain the round shape and minimize bleeding.
when i do lines, i either use the outline or make my outline stiffer, depending on what i need to accomplish. if you are doing a plaid, you need to do all the lines in one direction, then let them dry for about 30-60 minutes before doing the lines in the opposite direction.