December 16, 2012
Today I have a simple, easy and fun sugar free (or low glycemic- pending your selection of ingredients) solution for you. Your cookies are going to turn out spectacular.. and imagine this.. taste great too!
Making homemade powdered sugar will take a total of 30 seconds to do. All you need is some granulated sugar and either a high powered blender or coffee grinder.
Lets talk sugar: Today to make this gorgeous frosting I used Erythritol. It has a glycemic index of 0 and is one of my go to sugars of choice. Its quite similar to Xylitol which will also work in this recipe. I selected Erythritol since its white- the perfect blank slate for any color you want to add. Of course you can also just use White Cane Sugar if you don't care about watching the glycemic index of your food .
This recipe will also work using Sucanat, Coconut Palm Sugar, Maple Sugar or just about any other granulated variety. However keep in mind that these golden colored sugars tend to have a caramel like flavor and color. Both of those aspects of the sugar will affect your glaze. This flavor will taste fabulous - just know beforehand that your results in color are going to be less vibrant and much darker than my photos. Think about using these sugars to create a caramel flavored glaze- combine these powdered sugars with Vanilla Extract, Rum, Almond Extract etc.
First we'll make the powdered sugar- and then the glaze..
- 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar of Choice (Erythritol, Xylitol, Coconut Palm Sugar, Sucanat, Maple Sugar etc.)
- Place sugar of choice into a high powdered blender or into a coffee grinder. Process until powdery and completely smooth.
- Make the frosting/glaze.. follow directions below.
To make a glaze or frosting all you have to do is add a little liquid to the homemade powdered sugar. Start with a tiny amount (1 tsp.) and add more until you have reached the desired thickness.
- The Liquid does not need to be water. For a incredible tasting frosting or glaze try one of the following "liquids" instead: Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract, Peppermint Extract, Orange Extract (or oil). Cherry Extract (or oil). Hazelnut Extract, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Beet Juice, Rum, Grand Marnier, Amaretto or just about any other alcohol of choice.
- You can make colorful fruit glazes by boiling and pureeing any berry of choice in a sauce pan with a little bit of water, lemon juice and sweetener of choice. Use the pureed fruit as your liquid to make the glaze!
- Want to avoid unnatural food coloring? Try using the food coloring and sprinkles from India Tree or order some from THIS company.
- If using xylitol or erithritol as your sugar I highly highly recommend using one of the flavored liquids to make your glaze for the best tasting results!
Once you have made and colored your frosting- frost the cookies and let them dry. Store them between sheets of parchment in the freezer or leave them at room temperature for a few days.