Easter Cookie Decorations With All-Natural Food Coloring
Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner. It is also a time of year you see a lot of food dyed desserts and hardboiled eggs at your local store and on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Using all-natural food colorings are finally making strides to provide a fruit/vegetable based option. This is a very popular topic upon the mom’s I talk too, and it is why I wanted to investigate further. There are three paths you can go down to provided all-natural food coloring to your baking.
The process of boiling certain foods in water, for example blueberries, and pouring it through a fine sieve so it’s a concentrated version of itself.
Tips: 1- The homemade puree needs to be cold prior to adding to your icing.
2- Make the purees the same day you are using the icing so color is just how you made it.
If making homemade purees is not an option, but you like the idea of using fruit from original source, then pre-made purees would be the next options. You can find purees is different forms, when I was researching in my local store, organic baby foods came to mind. The Happy Baby brand packaging shows you the color of the puree, which is key in knowing what the food coloring will look like as a final product. I also liked the different combinations because some fruits add sweetness while the vegetables add some additional color.
Tips: 1 – Keep in mind that if it doesn’t taste good directly from the package or a combination doesn’t appeal to
you, then don’t use it in your icing. Based on how much you use some of the flavor will transfer over.
2- These purees contain additional liquid to your icing, so based on how much you use you may need to add
more powdered sugar to stiffen the icing more.
If using such powders you don’t have to worry about additional liquid loosening your icing. I have found many online, but could not find any in my local store.
Tip: You can add more powder to intensive the color and not effect the icing recipe, however, keep in mind of the
flavor you are adding since that flavor will be intensified too.
Vegetable Based Dyes
This option is the fastest and more convenient. Read the fine print to the “natural food dyes” that are available in the stores. You want a vegetable based dye like Color Garden (only option in my store) or India Tree. The boxes will provide all the ingredients to make each dye and choose one you are comfortable with.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Yields: 3- 2.5 oz
- ROYAL ICING
- 1 Egg White
- ALL-NATURAL FOOD COLORING
- 3 Cups - Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon - Avocado - Green Icing (more based on intensity of color)
- 1 Teaspoon - Pears, Pumpkin, Passion Fruit (HappyBaby Brand) for Pale Yellow Icing
- 3 Teaspoons - Pear, Purple Carrot, Blueberry (Plum Brand) for Pale Purple Icing
- 1 drop each - Natural Vegetable based food coloring for Red, Yellow, Blue and Orange Icing
- With a hand mixer, beat the egg white and three cups of powdered sugar until icing forms. The icing will be very stiff, but keep in mind that the purees added (more tsp more liquid) will add more liquid to loosen the icing a bit.
- Divide the frosting into small cups in order to mix food coloring. The royal icing recipe makes about 3 dishes of 2.5 ounces of icing. So if you have more cookies or more colors to mix, whip up a second batch of icing.
- Note: the purees are adding more liquid to the icing, so the purple icing will be more loose than the original stiff royal icing. You may need to add more powdered sugar to make it more stiff
- Once the icing colors are added, I pour the icing into a ziploc bag and clip the corner to act as a piping bag. Decorate and enjoy
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 7 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.