Delicate Icing Snowflakes
These pretty handcrafted snowflakes add elegance to your holiday decor. Use them
to decorate candles for one-of-a-kind gifts.
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 6 tablespoons warm
- Small paintbrush
- Taper candles, if desired
- Glitter, edible glitter
or granulated sugar
- Nylon thread, string or ribbon
- Beat powdered sugar, meringue powder and water in large bowl with electric mixer
on low speed until sugar is moistened. Beat on high speed 5 to 7 minutes or until
very glossy and stiff peaks form.
- Place icing in decorating bag with #10 tip. Or place icing in strong plastic
bag; cut off a tip from one corner of bag. Keep damp paper towel over tip when not
in use to prevent icing from hardening.
- Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper.
- Enlarge or reduce patterns (see diagram); slide patterns under waxed paper. Trace
patterns by piping on frosting, tracing longest lines of pattern first. Use a small
paintbrush dipped into water to smooth any irregularities, working on each snowflake
as it is piped.
- For candles, draw snowflakes freehand or use toothpick or pin to etch design
before piping icing.
- Lightly brush entire snowflake with water; immediately sprinkle with glitter
(use only edible glitter or sugar if snowflakes are to be eaten).
- Let dry; remove from waxed paper.
- To hang as decorations, attach nylon thread to one end.
Yield: 1 dozen 5-inch snowflakes
Reprinted with permission from
Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.