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I have been decorating cookies for a couple years and for the second time royal icing that I flooded and let dry on cookies has just slipped off the cookie. The icing had been dry and stuck on the cookies for several days and only today when I moved them, all the icing just came off like one big icing transfer. The icing is the same recipe (made with meringue powder) that I always use. The only thing different is that each time this has happened the cookies are made with either honey or a low calorie sweetener and not real sugar. Does anyone know what is happening? Is there a reaction happening from the non-sugar cookies and icing that is causing this? 

Thanks!

Last edited by Julia M. Usher
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I call this "sheeting" - when the icing slides off the cookie surface in one big sheet. This has happened to me in the past when both the cookie and icing have been extremely dry, usually after having been stored under super cold and dry conditions for a relatively long period of time. If your cookie recipe bakes dry, rather than soft, then this, too, could cause the icing to "sheet" faster than usual. It sounds like your cookies may have been dried out, since you mention having had them stored for "several days".

Julia M. Usher posted:

I call this "sheeting" - when the icing slides off the cookie surface in one big sheet. This has happened to me in the past when both the cookie and icing have been extremely dry, usually after having been stored under super cold and dry conditions for a relatively long period of time. If your cookie recipe bakes dry, rather than soft, then this, too, could cause the icing to "sheet" faster than usual. It sounds like your cookies may have been dried out, since you mention having had them stored for "several days".

Agree one hundred percent on Julia's explanation. Same exact reason this happened to me was due to the weather and humidity inside and the cookies/icing was too dry.  In very cold weather, like now, I tend to bake a minute or two less than usual and have escaped this problem...thus far...you never know with the heat blasting through the room.  Good luck.

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