PERFECT FOR DECORATING COOKIES AND CAKES ! Easy to make and is shiny when it hardens. if the icing is too loose, just add a little more sugar. Also, it gets stiffer as it sits. Mix well before using.
The royal icing can also be made with powdered egg whites.
In large bowl of stand electric mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy.
Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired.
For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Mix well before using.