I oftentimes use Fletcher coming in town as an excuse to bake something I've been wanting to try. For months now I've wanted to try to make Royal Icing. I have been very intimidated by it for multiple reasons...but since it was Valentine's Day I decided to try it.
I started by making sugar cookies and then shaping them with my handy dandy heart cookie cutters.
Next, I made the icing...this was quite the task! It was made of meringue powder, powdered sugar, and water. I had to beat it for 15 minutes! At the end of this 15 minutes our poor hand-held mixer (which we estimate is about 30 years old) was smelling like fire! I think 15 minutes of hard beating was asking too much of the old mixer. After it was finally finished I separated it into three bowls and colored them red and pink.
The cookies didn't turn out quite as I had hoped, but thankfully Fletcher is always pleased no matter what.