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Wintergreen Icing

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I’ve tried many times to get this recipe right.  My Great-Grandma Rose made wintergreen-iced cupcakes, and they were always the perfect shade of pale pink with the perfect wintergreen flavor.  The first time I tried the recipe, I mixed wintergreen extract (which is hard to find) and red food coloring into store-bought vanilla frosting.  That wasn’t right.  Then I tried mixing it into homemade buttercream.  Nope.  Next I tried boiled frosting with an egg white, making a fluffly meringue-like frosting.  Still not right.  Then I realized… icing, not frosting!!!

I think I actually got the texture and consistency right this time, but they’re a little too bright pink for me, even though I only added one drop of red food coloring.  Next time, I’ll double the recipe except for the red food coloring.

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp wintergreen extract
  • 1 drop red food coloring (really, 1/2 drop would be better)
  • your favorite white cupcake recipe

Bake and cool cupcakes.  Stir together all icing ingredients.  Spoon over cupcakes or dip them in the icing (which is what I think grandma did, and what I’ll try next time).  Enjoy!

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Gingerbread Cookies with Wintergreen, Vanilla and Peppermint Icing


Mini-Gingerbread Men


Wintergreen Iced Stars


Christmas Trees with all three Icings

Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Cream the brown sugar and butter.  Add the eggs one at a time, then the molasses.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, and baking soda.  Slowly blend the dry ingredients into the wet to make a stiff dough.  Divide dough in half, form two circles and refrigerate at least one hour.  Roll out dough and cut cookies.  Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes for mini-gingerbread men or 8-10 minutes for larger cookies.

Wintergreen Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp wintergreen extract
  • 2-3 tsp water
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Wintergreen berries are pinkish red, so this icing is a pale pink.  Stir together all ingredients to make a thick icing. 

Vanilla Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp water

Stir together all ingredients to make a thick icing.

Peppermint Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2-3 tsp water
  • 4 drops green food coloring

Stir together all ingredients to make a thick icing.

Decorate cool cookies by piping the icing on or drizzling it with a spoon.


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