Happy Spring! To make these Speckled Egg Cookies I baked vanilla sugar cookies with Rodelle Vanilla Paste. I came across the post How to Make Speckled Icing with Vanilla Bean Paste via Sweet Sugarbelle and used this technique. It was great not having a mess everywhere including my kitchen walls. This really happened when I made Speckled Egg Cookies a few years ago. I even got some on my glasses. I made a large batch of Royal Icing (recipe below) for my Spring Series. My cookies and the icing have lovely speckles and there's no mess to clean up. For the Vanilla Speckled Cookies see Peeps Cookies. My icing uses egg whites so if you prefer meringue powder Sweet Sugarbelle has a great recipe (link below) you can use.
|Speckled Egg Cookies|
Large Batch Royal Icing
8 Egg Whites
8 teaspoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
12 cups Powdered/Confectioners' Sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla Extract
|Speckled Egg Cookies in three sizes|
|Speckled Egg Cookies|
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar; set aside.
In a bowl, add the egg whites.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites and lemon juice.
Transfer the egg white mixture to a stand or hand held mixer with paddle attachment and mix on high for 1-2 minutes.
Add vanilla extract and mix for 5-10 seconds.
|See the speckles|
|See the speckles; bunny candy decoration from Fancy Flours|
Turn the mixer on low speed and beat until smooth.
I found the best way to color royal icing is to separate the icing in plastic containers with lids according to the different colors needed for tinting. I save the containers when I get a pint of soup from Chinese takeout. They are great for icing. You can also use Tupperware.
Keep the containers or Tupperware covered until you are ready to color.
For this cookie project, I used 1 cup of royal icing but if you have a lot of cookies adjust accordingly.
|Rodelle Vanilla Paste|
|Color just mixed together with the vanilla paste. See the speckles.|
I used 2 drops of Gel Paste Food Color in teal for the Speckled Egg Cookies. I also made other colors for the forthcoming posts.
Dip a toothpick in the color and then swirl it into the icing and mix together. Repeat until you reach the desired color.
If the color is too dark, you will not see speckles so be careful. Also, the color will darken with time.
Transfer into an icing bottle or pastry bag.
|Ready to add royal icing|
|See the speckles on the cookie|
Use a cookie stick to reach edges and to pop any air bubbles.
Add sprinkles, confetti, sugar pearls, dragees, or candy decorations over wet icing if desired.
If you are doing layers over the icing you need to let the icing dry overnight before you continue.
Many years ago I learned to make Royal Icing Recipe from Joy of Baking:
How to Make Speckled Icing with Vanilla Bean Paste is from Sweet SugarBelle: