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Basic, All-Purpose, Single Batch Icing

I’ve spent a good portion of my mom life confused about icing.  It seems silly, because icing is one of the simplest things to make.  However, I’ve produced several botched attempts.  I’ve made it too buttery, too wet, or too dry.  I’ve curdled cooked icings in the pot somehow.  I’ve nearly broken my arm trying to mix it with a spoon, and then found myself in an icing sugar cloud when I turned on the mixer.

There are many icing recipes out there, but I’ve found some of them to be complicated or hard to duplicate.  (At least for an amateur like myself.)

Today I will share with you the proportions and method that I have settled upon.  I like the flavour and consistency of this icing.  It’s nothing spectacular, but when you need icing in a flash for cookies (it’s great on Soft White/Grandmother’s cookies) or a cake, and have only basic ingredients and a small amount of time – this is my go-to.  As a plus, the proportions are easy to remember.

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Basic, All-Purpose Icing

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla (I just pour a splash in – yum!)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Place softened butter and icing sugar in a bowl.  Mix with hands until crumbly.  Pour in the cream or milk and vanilla.  Use an electric mixer and blend until smooth.  Add food coloring (optional) and mix in.

If you find the consistency too dry, add a few drops of milk/cream.  If too wet, add a small amount of icing sugar.

To ice a large cake (or if you like a LOT of icing), you may want to double this recipe.

 

Pretty easy, right?

I love how excited kids get about icing and sprinkles.  It’s just a sure-fire way to make the day special and put a smile on their face 🙂 .

Hope you enjoy, and if you make it, let me know in the comments how it works for you!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

Posted in Momming Hard Mondays

Soft White (Grandmother’s) Cookies

Welcome to my first ever Momming Hard Monday.  In these segments I will post some kind of super-mom idea that I have done or hope to do.

(Because I can’t always be super-mom. But one day per week, I can pretend to be!)

Today, I share an old family favorite: Soft White (or Grandmother’s) Cookies.  Where I live here in Mennonite-ville, they are made and loved by all.

Top them with your favorite icing and sprinkles for a truly authentic experience!

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Soft White Cookies

  • 2 cups sweet cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 5 cups flour
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 (or 2) tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Blend sugar and softened margarine or butter together.  Add beaten eggs.  Add vanilla.  Blend dry ingredients together in separate bowl.  Add dry ingredients alternately with cream (begin and end with dry – 1/3 of dry, then 1/2 the cream, 1/3 of dry, other 1/2 cream, and then the rest of the dry).

Sprinkle flour on a clean surface and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into shapes.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.  I like mine slightly underdone, so I lean toward the 10 minute mark.

 

Have you made these before?  What’s your best icing recipe?  Let me know in the comments.

And by the way, in the future I will do my best to post closer to the BEGINNING of nap time. 😉

See you on Friday for the first of my weekly rambles!

Warm wishes

Lisa