Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 14, 2017

This sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe is super easy to make, and dare I say, the BEST fruit pizza recipe out there! The fruit pizza glaze is super quick to make too. This recipe is so much easier than a homemade fruit pizza from scratch!

This sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe is super easy to make, and dare I say, the BEST fruit pizza recipe out there! I first had these mini fruit pizzas at a MOPS meeting and haven't forgotten about them. Since they have fruit, can they totally be considered a healthy fruit pizza! :)

I've made these several times myself in a rectangle pan, cutting the cookie dough into squares, and they turned out just as delish! I will say that the individual sugar cookie fruit pizza make these perfect for a get together so everyone can grab their own personal snack!

And, yes, I am using Pillsbury sugar cookie dough for this recipe to make it easy (because we can all use a break). If you want to make a homemade fruit pizza from scratch, check out this sugar cookie recipe. You won't be disappointed!

This sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe is super easy to make, and dare I say, the BEST fruit pizza recipe out there! The fruit pizza glaze is super quick to make too. This recipe is so much easier than a homemade fruit pizza from scratch!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 package, Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup, Butter (softened)
  • 8 oz, Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 4 cup, Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp, Milk
  • 1 lb, Fruit (assortment of your favorite kinds) 

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Roll out cookie dough and cut out circles with cookie cutter or drinking glass.
  3. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Place the cookies on a cooling rack.
  6. For the fruit pizza glaze, beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  7. Add in powdered sugar and milk and beat on high until smooth.
  8. Ice cookies with icing and top with fruit.
  9. Serve immediately.

These will store in the fridge for a day at the most. If they are stored too long past that, the icing and fruit will cause the cookie to be too soggy. They would never last that long in our home! But, if you need to prepare in advance for a potluck or banquet, at least you can prepare them the night before and they will taste fine.

This sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe is super easy to make, and dare I say, the BEST fruit pizza recipe out there! The fruit pizza glaze is super quick to make too. This recipe is so much easier than a homemade fruit pizza from scratch!

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This sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe is super easy to make, and dare I say, the BEST fruit pizza recipe out there! The fruit pizza glaze is super quick to make too. This recipe is so much easier than a homemade fruit pizza from scratch!

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Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza Recipe

Simple recipe to make these Mini Fruit Pizzas!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package, Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup, Butter (softened)
  • 8 oz, Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 4 cup, Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp, Milk
  • 1 lb, Fruit (assortment of your favorite kinds)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Roll out cookie dough and cut out circles with cookie cutter or drinking glass.
  3. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Place the cookies on a cooling rack.
  6. For the fruit pizza glaze, beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  7. Add in powdered sugar and milk and beat on high until smooth.
  8. Ice cookies with icing and top with fruit.
  9. Serve immediately.

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DIY Pinecone Fire Starters

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 12, 2017

Start a fire with these homemade firelighters. Learn how to make firestarters with sawdust and a few other supplies you already have at home. These DIY firelighters also make for great home decor to be displayed throughout the winter season!

These fire starters are easy to make with sawdust and a few other basic supplies, and are a great addition for your winter decor. While they aren't as old school as primitive fire starting, they are still using what the land has to offer to help start a fire.

When I decorate for spring, I will put these in a Ziploc bag and use these whenever we have a campfire or wiener roast. Don't ever tell the kids where all their crayons went!

Start a fire with these homemade firelighters. Learn how to make firestarters with sawdust and a few other supplies you already have at home. These DIY firelighters also make for great home decor to be displayed throughout the winter season!

DIY Firelighters Supplies

  • Assortment of Pine Cones
  • Wax
  • Sawdust
  • Table Salt (burns yellow)
  • No-salt Substitute (burns violet)
  • Borax (burns green)
  • Greenery, assortment
  • Basket
  • Newspaper

Make sure that the pinecones haven't been treated with any chemicals. If you are using ones from outside, just make sure they are completely dry before starting.

For the sawdust, I had my brother saw some old wood to get the sawdust to give to me.  You can also find all the sawdust you want at a sawmill or even home improvement store.

You can use any old candles around your house to get the wax. Or, even use old crayons (just don't let your kids see you using these!) :) I used about 4 candles, which would be about 16 crayons.

DIY Firelighters Instructions

  1. Melt the wax or candles.
    Note: there is no need to remove the wick from the candle, just cut it into smaller pieces so it melts faster. Be sure to remove the paper from any crayons before melting. Melt over a double boiler. Do not melt directly over the heat due to the wax being able to ignite.
  2. Mix about 1 cup of sawdust together with about 1/2 cup of either Borax, Table Salt or No-Salt Substitute. Keep the mixture in a bowl to prepare for the next step.
  3. Dip the pinecones in the melted wax and sawdust mixture.
  4. Use tongs to turn and coat. Place each dipped pinecone in the sawdust mixture and coat.
  5. Put the pinecones on newspaper to dry after they have been dipped in wax and coated with the sawdust mixture.

Arrange greenery in basket and place dried pinecones on top until ready to use.

When I finished, I started a fire outside to see what color they would burn. There wasn't much color to them but they burned for the longest time. They will work just like store bought fire starters.

After all the ingredients were purchased, I spent around $6 which gave me 12 total fire starters. Looking at the cost, the Borax alone is around $6. If you don't want to spend the money on this ingredient, I wouldn't suggest it. It didn't burn the green as it should have. If you want a fire starter without the colors, save the money and skip the Borax!

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Start a fire with these homemade firelighters. Learn how to make firestarters with sawdust and a few other supplies you already have at home. These DIY firelighters also make for great home decor to be displayed throughout the winter season!

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Pinecone Fire Starters

Make fire starters from old pinecones in your yard!

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Ingredients

  • Assortment of Pine Cones
  • Wax
  • Sawdust
  • Table Salt (burns yellow)
  • No-salt Substitute (burns violet)
  • Borax (burns green)
  • Greenery, assortment
  • Basket
  • Newspaper

Instructions

  1. Melt the wax or candles.
    Note: there is no need to remove the wick from the candle, just cut it into smaller pieces so it melts faster. Be sure to remove the paper from any crayons before melting. Melt over a double boiler. Do not melt directly over the heat due to the wax being able to ignite.
  2. Mix about 1 cup of sawdust together with about 1/2 cup of either Borax, Table Salt or No-Salt Substitute. Keep the mixture in a bowl to prepare for the next step.
  3. Dip the pinecones in the melted wax and sawdust mixture.
  4. Use tongs to turn and coat. Place each dipped pinecone in the sawdust mixture and coat.
  5. Put the pinecones on newspaper to dry after they have been dipped in wax and coated with the sawdust mixture.

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How to Grow Plants from Seeds Step-by-Step Tutorial

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 12, 2017

Learn how to grow seeds indoors so you can start growing plants from seeds inside! This step-by-step seed planting guide helps you grow plants from seeds fast - within 7-10 days before the seeds start to grow!

Growing seeds inside and fast is every gardener's goal! You don't need to spend a fortune on supplies if you're attempting to grow plants from seeds inside.

This gardening hack uses old toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls! If you use paper towel rolls, you will need to cut to size (as mentioned in directions below). Grab seeds and potting soil, and you will have seeds germinating within 7-10 days!

Learn how to grow seeds indoors so you can start growing plants from seeds inside! This step-by-step seed planting guide helps you grow plants from seeds fast - within 7-10 days before the seeds start to grow!

How to Grow Seeds Indoors Required Supplies

  • Organic Seed Starting Potting Soil
  • Herb Seeds of Choice (parsley and oregano are in these pics)
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Water
  • Empty Clean Plastic To-Go Container
    a clear reusable sandwich container works great too

Learn how to grow seeds indoors so you can start growing plants from seeds inside! This step-by-step seed planting guide helps you grow plants from seeds fast - within 7-10 days before the seeds start to grow!

How to Grow Seeds Indoors Required Directions

  1. If using paper towels, cut roll into 3 to 4 inch sections.
  2. Place them upright into your empty plastic container.
  3. Fill each paper towel roll up three quarters the way with loose soil, water, and press your soil down.
  4. Place about five seeds into each paper towel roll and top off with loose soil.
  5. Water and place in a window sill in the sunlight.
  6. Water morning and night but do not flood.
  7. Seedlings should start to grow after 7-10 days (may be different according to which seeds you planted).

It doesn't take long before you can plant into your garden for the spring/summer planting season!

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Learn how to grow seeds indoors so you can start growing plants from seeds inside! This step-by-step seed planting guide helps you grow plants from seeds fast - within 7-10 days before the seeds start to grow!

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How to Grow Plants from Seeds (Easy Seed Starter Hack)

Seed Starters from Toilet Paper Rolls

Easy seed starter hack using empty paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls. This only takes 7-10 days before the seeds start to grow!

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Ingredients

  • Organic Seed Starting Potting Soil
  • Herb Seeds of Choice (parsley and oregano are in these pics)
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Water
  • Empty Clean Plastic To-Go Container

Instructions

  1. If using paper towels, cut roll into 3 to 4 inch sections.
  2. Place them upright into your empty plastic container.
  3. Fill each paper towel roll up three quarters the way with loose soil, water, and press your soil down.
  4. Place about five seeds into each paper towel roll and top off with loose soil.
  5. Water and place in a window sill in the sunlight.
  6. Water morning and night but do not flood.
  7. Seedlings should start to grow after 7-10 days (may be different according to which seeds you planted).

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Easy DIY Yellow Sun Bursts Bath Bombs Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 12, 2017

This easy DIY bath bombs recipe will remind you of LUSH bath bombs! If you want to know how to make bath bombs easy and essential oil combinations for bath bombs, this basic bath bomb recipe is it!

This easy DIY bath bombs recipe is one that you find yourself always coming back to time and time again! I do love the LUSH bath bombs as a treat for myself. Now there is no need to buy them as frequently with this awesome lush bath bomb recipe copycat! Plus, this recipe has no preservatives like the lush bath bomb ingredients include.

If you want to save a few bucks, make a batch of these DIY fizzy bath bombs. They make great gifts or a luxurious treat for those days when you need some extra self-care!

Bath Bombs Materials

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

Bath Bombs Instructions

*If you have a manicure, wear gloves, or use a fork during the mixing process.

  1. In a mixing bowl combine citric acid and baking soda, being sure to remove all lumps.
  2. Add in mica, melted butter and peppermint essential oil and continue to mix.
  3. Using your spray bottle, spray the mixture 2-3 times and mix, slowly adding more witch hazel until the mixture holds it shaped when pressed together.
  4. Press into silicone molds (like this sun burst mold), making sure to compact them tightly.
  5. Allow to dry in silicon molds for 12 hours. Once 12 hours is up, remove from molds, and allow to dry an additional 24 hours for a nice hard bath bomb.

Make a big batch and package them in cellophone gift bags and you have the perfect inexpensive gift!

Essential Oil Combinations for Bath Bombs

Change up the scents with different essential oils too. I use the Plant Therapy essential oils since they are a great therapeutic quality but also super affordable (non-therapeutic grade essential oils can also cause skin irritation).

My favorite essential oil combinations for bath bombs include sensual (blend) ylang ylang (blend), lavender, tranquil (blend), relax (blend), jasmine, rose, or peppermint. I will typically use whatever oils we have in our “oils” medicine cabinet when I'm making a batch!

This easy DIY bath bombs recipe will remind you of LUSH bath bombs! If you want to know how to make bath bombs easy and essential oil combinations for bath bombs, this basic bath bomb recipe is it!

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This easy DIY bath bombs recipe will remind you of LUSH bath bombs! If you want to know how to make bath bombs easy and essential oil combinations for bath bombs, this basic bath bomb recipe is it!

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Yellow Sun Bath Bombs

Make your own bath bombs with this easy DIY!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl combine citric acid and baking soda, being sure to remove all lumps.
  2. Add in mica, melted butter and peppermint essential oil and continue to mix.
  3. Using your spray bottle, spray the mixture 2-3 times and mix, slowly adding more witch hazel until the mixture holds it shaped when pressed together.
  4. Press into silicone molds (like these), making sure to compact them tightly.
  5. Allow to dry in silicon molds for 12 hours. Once 12 hours is up, remove from molds, and allow to dry an additional 24 hours for a nice hard bath bomb.

Notes

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

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How to Print Shirts at Home with an Iron and Printer

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 11, 2017

Learn how to make custom shirts at home with just an iron and printer. Detailed step-by-step tutorial that includes a FREE design download to get started.

This DIY will guide you through the steps to print shirts at home with an iron and printer. You will need a few supplies to make this one but they are inexpensive. These would make a great affordable gift!

Making your own shirt designs at home is easier now than it's ever been! Whether you use a Cameo or Cricut to create your own design, or purchase one of the thousands of creative pre-made designs on Etsy, it is so easy to have that design onto a t-shirt in no time at all!

Make sure you're using an Ink Jet printer with the recommended transfer paper listed below.  Always remember to mirror your image when printing as well so it transfers correctly.

DIY Printable T-Shirt Design Supplies

DIY Printable T-Shirt Design Directions

Design

  1. Go to avery.com/print and customize your design, using our free templates and online design tools.
  2. Design image normally as you want it to appear. Note: Image will be flipped in print preview.

Print

  1. Test print your design on plain paper before you feed the iron on transfer sheets into the printer to ensure the design looks accurate.
  2. Feed one iron on transfer fabric sheet at a time.

Trim Material

  1. Cut out the design with a narrow margin around image.
  2. Keep edges rounded (if possible) to avoid lifting during ironing and washing.

Prep Workspace

  1. Place a pillowcase down on a hard, heat-resistant surface, not an ironing board. A wooden table is best.
  2. Make sure iron does not have water in it and steam setting is 0.
  3. Set iron to cotton setting and preheat for 5 minutes.
  4. Iron the pillowcase and garment to remove wrinkles.
  5. Use extreme caution when ironing. Avoid leaving iron face-down on ironing surface for extended period of time as it may result in injury or damage to the project or ironing surface.

Ironing

  1. Place transfer design down on the garment in the desired location.
  2. Iron the transfer, applying firm pressure slowly from left to right and then from top to bottom.
  3. Be sure to iron over the edges.
  4. Turn off iron when finished.

Finish Transfer

  1. After ironing, remove your garment from the heating area and allow to cool for 2 minutes.
  2. Smoothly and slowly peel backing paper away from corner to corner.
  3. If image begins to lift, re-iron image focusing on lifting areas. Allow to cool once more before attempting to peel again.

Care and Maintenance

  1. Wait 24 hours before washing garment.
  2. Wash garment before wearing:
    – Turn garment inside out and machine wash cold separately from other clothes.
    – Use color-safe detergent and remove promptly from the washer.
    – Colors may bleed if left wet too long. Do not use bleach.
    – Tumble dry low with garment turned inside out.
    – Do not iron directly on transferred image after it has been applied to the garment.
    – The transferred image is not intended to withstand stretching other than normal wear and tear.

If you like the design and saying above, you can download it now for FREE (non-commercial or personal use only)! As I said at the start of the post, Etsy has TONS of pre-made designs you can buy that are truly amazing! Definitely check out the sellers there – designs are usually around $1-3 each so super cheap for your personal use! The Cameo and Cricut communities also have fun ideas to create your own with those awesome tools.

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DIY Printable T-Shirt Design Tutorial

This DIY will guide you through the steps to print shirts at home with an iron and printer. You will need a few supplies to make this one but they are inexpensive. These would make a great affordable gift!

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Instructions

Design

  1. Go to avery.com/print and customize your design, using our free templates and online design tools.
  2. Design image normally as you want it to appear. Note: Image will be flipped in print preview.

Print

  1. Test print your design on plain paper before you feed the iron on transfer sheets into the printer to ensure the design looks accurate.
  2. Feed one iron on transfer fabric sheet at a time.

Trim Material

  1. Cut out the design with a narrow margin around image.
  2. Keep edges rounded (if possible) to avoid lifting during ironing and washing.

Prep Workspace

  1. Place a pillowcase down on a hard, heat-resistant surface, not an ironing board. A wooden table is best.
  2. Make sure iron does not have water in it and steam setting is 0.
  3. Set iron to cotton setting and preheat for 5 minutes.
  4. Iron the pillowcase and garment to remove wrinkles.
  5. Use extreme caution when ironing. Avoid leaving iron face-down on ironing surface for extended period of time as it may result in injury or damage to the project or ironing surface.

Ironing

  1. Place transfer design down on the garment in the desired location.
  2. Iron the transfer, applying firm pressure slowly from left to right and then from top to bottom.
  3. Be sure to iron over the edges.
  4. Turn off iron when finished.

Finish Transfer

  1. After ironing, remove your garment from the heating area and allow to cool for 2 minutes.
  2. Smoothly and slowly peel backing paper away from corner to corner.
  3. If image begins to lift, re-iron image focusing on lifting areas. Allow to cool once more before attempting to peel again.

Care and Maintenance

  1. Wait 24 hours before washing garment.
  2. Wash garment before wearing:
    – Turn garment inside out and machine wash cold separately from other clothes.
    – Use color-safe detergent and remove promptly from the washer.
    – Colors may bleed if left wet too long. Do not use bleach.
    – Tumble dry low with garment turned inside out.
    – Do not iron directly on transferred image after it has been applied to the garment.
    – The transferred image is not intended to withstand stretching other than normal wear and tear.

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Reuse K-Cups and Make a Snowman K-Cup Craft

by Savings Lifestyle Team on December 10, 2017

Reuse K-Cups and make this adorable K-Cup Snowman craft! I drink coffee with K-cups everyday. I actually use this Hamilton Beach Flexbrew coffeemaker that brews and does single cups too. I always feel like throwing them out is a huge waste!

I drink a lot of coffee so I'll never be able to craft with all my used K-cups! However, this craft is one that would be perfect to accumulate used cups and take into a classroom for a classroom Christmas party craft. It's generally less mess given the required supplies (depending on the age group). Plus, the kids can make their own funny snowman face.

Snowman K-Cup Craft Supplies

Snowman K-Cup Craft Directions

  1. Plug the hot glue in and allow it to heat up.
  2. Glue 2 eyes to the k-cup.
  3. Next, use the orange puffy paint to form a small triangle for the snowman's nose.
  4. Lastly, make 5-6 dots with the black puffy paint to form the snowman's mouth.
  5. Allow the paint to dry several hours.
  6. Fill with candy.

You could even make this a Snowman ornament by adding a ribbon. Or, use these instructions and make decorated K-cups as part of an Advent calendar. Design and decorate each K-cup differently to make it more fun and festive.

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Reuse K-cups and make this adorable Snowman K-cup craft. If you're like me and looking for uses for k cups, this craft is a great one to make with the kids!

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Snowman K-Cup Craft

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Instructions

  1. Plug the hot glue in and allow it to heat up.
  2. Glue 2 eyes to the k-cup.
  3. Next, use the orange puffy paint to form a small triangle for the snowman's nose.
  4. Lastly, make 5-6 dots with the black puffy paint to form the snowman's mouth.
  5. Allow the paint to dry several hours.
  6. Fill with candy.

Classroom Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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Easy Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 09, 2017

Learn how to make icing with this easy recipe for Royal Icing. Great to use with our sugar cookie recipe. Find all the ingredients to make both in your pantry!

Do you want to learn how to make icing? Well, this homemade icing is so simple to make! You probably have all of the ingredients to make this icing in your pantry right now.

You will find that it will take you the same amount of time to make this icing as it would take to get in your car, go to the store, pay and come back home. Believe me, I know that buying icing is so easy and it is inexpensive! Sometimes the convenience of *not* having to buy something is more convenient!

Learn how to make icing with this easy recipe for Royal Icing. Great to use with our sugar cookie recipe. Find all the ingredients to make both in your pantry!

Easy Royal Icing Ingredients

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

Easy Royal Icing Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar.
  2. Slowing add in your milk, corn syrup, and almond extract while mixing with a hand mixer on low.
  3. Once all your ingredients are mixed well you can turn up the mixer a notch.
  4. After about a minutes you should have a thick smooth icing.
  5. Separate your icing into 4 small bowls, add a drop of your food coloring to each one and mix.
  6. Carefully pour your icing into your decorating bottle or icing bags and have fun decorating!

How to Make Easy Royal Icing for Decorating Sugar Cookies

The colors are only limited by your imagination especially if you have a large pack of food coloring gels! Pick up these plastic squeeze bottles to make decorating less messy too!

This homemade icing recipe is a go-to recipe we use every single year! Use it to make icing for sugar cookies or for decorating goodies that call for icing. It's super easy because that's all I have time to do!

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Learn how to make icing with this easy recipe for Royal Icing. Great to use with our sugar cookie recipe. Find all the ingredients to make both in your pantry!

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Easy Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

Learn how to make icing with this easy Royal Icing recipe. It is great to make for decorating sugar cookies!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar.
  2. Slowing add in your milk, corn syrup, and almond extract while mixing with a hand mixer on low.
  3. Once all your ingredients are mixed well you can turn up the mixer a notch.
  4. After about a minutes you should have a thick smooth icing.
  5. Separate your icing into 4 small bowls, add a drop of your food coloring to each one and mix.
  6. Carefully pour your icing into your decorating bottle or icing bags and have fun decorating!

Notes

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

 

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