A variation on the chewy drop cookie version, these are perfect for any cut-out
cookie project you tackle.
Royal icing will dry to a smooth, shiny finish. Dye your royal icing with
liquid or paste food coloring. Use a toothpick to dab a small dot of color in
the icing and mix to an even color with a rubber spatula. If you want deeper
colors, add dots of color incrementally after completely incorporating the
previous dots to achieve the color you want. Do not add too much at one time, as
these colors are highly concentrated and difficult to lighten once too dark.
Note: If not using immediately, cover the icing with a damp
paper towel directly on the surface, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and
refrigerate. Otherwise, the icing will form a skin and/or dry out completely.
After refrigeration, bring back to room temperature and recheck the