Paul, thanks for your response… Where I live, the powdered sugar tends to be very grainy.. It is not soft like the ones I used to buy when I was living in the US. So, yes, you are probably right, I have to sift the sugar through a very fine sieve to see if that makes a difference. As for the consistency, I never make runny like when flooding cookies because it will not hold its shape so I am going to follow your advice and see what I get. Thanks!!!