One pound box of powdered sugar (whole box, about 3 1/2 C if sifted)
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat all ingredients together in a mixer for longer than you think you
need to--about 7 minutes in the 1960s stand mixer we grew up with,
about 4 minutes in my present kitchenaid, or 12-15 minutes by hand.
It must be absolutely smooth and lump free to go through the
tips, and a good bit of air beaten into it will help keep the finished
shapes from being breaking teeth when eaten.
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