Originally Posted by Lambshack
I don't exactly use a recipe as its more of a 'look & see' kinda thing for me, but if I had to break it down it would be something close to this.
I use the large 2 lb. bags of powdered sugar, and then 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup corn syrup, with anywhere from 1tsp to 1Tbsp of extract. Sometimes I will use a little lemon juice and less milk, or even orange juice, but that sometimes conflicts with mixing colors.
I always add a few squirts of the liquid white coloring once combined to get that opaque look, although if you are mixing dark colors you won't need this. When I had to make a ton of milk bottle cookies, I left the white out so it would look 'milky'. (It worked!)
Obviously, depending on where you live and how 'fresh' your sugar is, there might be more moisture - just like flour - so you will need more or less liquid. Some people 'count' while it dribbles off a spoon... can't really do that, but you will quickly learn when its too thick or too runny.
I use small bowls (like the Chinese soup takeout containers) and a very tapered spoon - my favorite is one that came with a cheap mug & cocoa holiday gift set! It doesn't have a big 'bowl' to it - really flat - like a really cheap spoon at a really old diner? Does that make sense? But its tiny like a demitasse spoon and I just scoop up some glaze with the spoon and use the BACK of the spoon to sorta push it and guide it to the edges. If its too runny you will know because the glaze won't stop at the edge. The corn syrup helps tremendously with this part. Makes it just thin enough to spread but not to run off the edge. I can't tell you how many DAYS, possibly months of time this process has saved me on some HUGE orders. 600 cookies for Mother's Day at a country club would have taken forever to border and fill. Not to mention would have gotten stale before I had a chance to finish them! LOL
I hope this helps in some small way!
Wow, much easier to make. I am excited to try glaze now. Thank you Lisa for Super advice! Decisions decisions!
I found a cool spoon to use for decorating, they are childrens plastic spoons at Walmart that come in a pack of all the colors of the rainbows. They are super for mixing colors and for pouring and spreading. Plus you can match your spoon to the colors of your icing haha!