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Decorate Cookies with Natural Coloring

This video gives ideas for how to paint cookies with icing, pipe designs on cookies and other cookie-decorating techniques. Make decorating cookies healthier with natural coloring and a homemade icing recipe. Color icing with natural ingredients like food dyes made from vegetables.

Make any event feel festive with these cutout cookies decorated with natural coloring instead of artificial food dyes. First, color homemade icing using natural ingredients. For green icing, use Imperial matcha green tea powder, which is a premium green tea grown in Japan. Combine 1/8 teaspoon matcha powder with 1 cup confectioner's sugar and 1 tablespoon dried egg whites in a small bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons water, 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Adjust the consistency as necessary by adding more water to thin the icing so it's more spreadable, or add more powdered sugar for a slightly stiffer consistency. For pink icing, use red dye—or you can use cranberry juice concentrate instead. You can also color the icing using natural food dyes made from vegetables. Place small quantities of white icing in small bowls. Add a little food coloring to each one and mix well. Add more coloring for a darker color. First up, piped designs. Spoon icing into a small disposable pastry bag, fitted with a fine writing tip. To outline a cookie for accent, pipe a continuous line or a series of connected dots around it. For painting cookies, thin the icing with water until it's the consistency of heavy cream. Using a clean watercolor paintbrush, coat the tops of the cookies with icing. To decorate on wet icing with a second color, drop a contrasting color onto the cookies. Draw the tip of a toothpick through both colors, creating a swirled effect. Find these recipes and more healthy recipes on EatingWell.com.
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