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Friday, October 19, 2012

Royal Icing Treat Bag

This tiny treat bag would probably not hold even one M&M, but it would look very cute on cupcakes or petits fours (in any color you like, of course). You'll need stiff consistency royal icing, round tips #8 and #5, a glue stick, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, parchment paper squares, food-safe markers like AmeriColor Gourmet Writers, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick. Alternately, you can pipe the icing on the squares directly on your countertop. 
 Hold the tip just above the surface and pipe a tight "U" shape.
 Touch a fingertip to the dusting pouch and tap the surface and the sides flat into a rectangle.
 You might prefer to use an offset spatula; tap it against the dusting pouch, then against the sides of the rectangle. Allow the icing to firm up for an hour or so.
Pipe the handles with the #5 tip and allow them to dry. Always pipe more than you need to allow for breakage. These are actually leftover from when I made royal icing cauldrons
When the handles are firm enough to, um, handle, glue one on the bag with two dots of icing piped from the #5 tip. 

 Use the food-safe markers to decorate the bag any way you like!

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