Fluffy White Frostings


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Makes enough to frost 18 cookies, or one 8 inch layer cake This is a simple, basic egg white recipe that makes a glossy, fluffy frosting. Make sure your bowl and beaters are clean and grease free before whipping the egg whites. A standing mixer is helpful for this recipe; a hand-held mixer will take longer to whip the frosting fully.

Place in a small saucepan:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Heat over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, until the mixture is bubbling. Simmer for 1 minute. While sugar mixture cooks, whisk with an electric mixer until foamy:
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla

With mixer running, add hot sugar syrup to egg whites in a slow, steady stream. Beat egg whites until very thick, glossy, and stiff, 7 to 10 minutes. Spoon frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe onto cookies.