For Valentine's Day, I wanted to bake some cookies that I could also pack and mail to our son Evan. I made a simple sugar cookie, and needed an icing that would set to a glossy flat surface that would stand up to shipping. This recipe works very well indeed. It is sweet, can be colored any shade of the rainbow, and I found it easy to apply by adding a teaspoon to the cookie and gently pushing it to cover the surface with the back of the spoon. Make sure you give it enough time to dry, (you may have to eat a few to make sure-- heh heh) and don't add the icing until the cookies are completely cooled from the oven. If the icing is too runny, add a little more confectioner's sugar or a tiny bit of corn syrup. It will harden as it dries.
To pack the cookies for mailing, line the tin or box with bubble wrap or crushed paper. Place layers of parchment paper or flattened coffee filters between each layer of cookies. Add another layer of paper or bubble wrap to buffer the top. You want to pack the cookies lightly yet firmly enough so that they won't move too much during shipping.
Ironically, Evan surprised us with a home visit the night I made these cookies, so these were not shipped after all. That was a nice Valentine's Day gift!
ICING SUGAR RECIPE
1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar, sifted
2 teasoons milk (may add one or two more depending on desired consistency)
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
optional: a drop or two of food coloring (I used red to make two shades of pink)
Notes: You can use small squirt bottles to apply the icing if you wish to outline or make other designs on the cookies. I doubled this recipe to cover about 50 cookies. A drop of food coloring goes a LONG way so add it one drop at a time and blend well before using to make sure you acheive the look you are going for.
Happy Valentine's Day everybody!