Icing cookies wasn’t a thing when I was little. Or if it was, I wasn’t a part of it. I was a part of the sticking the kiss in the middle of the peanut butter cookie thing and licking every beater and bowl in town thing.
But tonight I was intrigued by making icing and putting my new favorite spices from my neighbor, Savory Spice Shop, to good use. Seriously, ditch the pumpkin pie spice this season and replace it with Chinese Five Spice. And then… remember to do the same next year!
FoodFash Spiced Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or 1/2 teaspoon concentrated vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice (or pumpkin pie spice)
Mix powdered sugar and milk together in a medium sized bowl. Stir in vanilla and spices until evenly distributed. Pour icing into two separate bowls. Add a few drops of red food coloring in one bowl and a few drops of green food coloring in the other bowl and stir. Add more food coloring to get the desired color. Let sit at room temperature for a couple hours and then stir before applying to cooled cookies.
I have to admit, getting the hang of putting this icing on cookies was a bit tricky. But after a couple tries, a couple sloppy cookies, and a couple hours of the frosting sitting on the counter, everything seemed to come together quite nicely. And the nicest thing of all was the subtle spice that replaced the just-sugar taste of ordinary cookie icing.