I think I got the baking down, now I just need to master the icing. I was thinking maybe it was too thick. I, of course, want them to look as good as antonia74's cookies, I know that is reaching pretty far. Any way let me know what I could improve. You will have to look in my photos, I don't now how to put the picture here. Thanks a billion!
Your cookies are great!!! Love them..I just keep baking them and icing them and eventually they come out better each time!!
Momma, your icing looks good nice and smooth, keep up the good work
Your cookies are looking good! Don't worry about the icing. When I tried it for the first time, it looked thick to me too. I think it's just the way it is. wish I can have one right now...yum!
They are pretty yummy, my family may not even wait long enough for the royal to dry. That leads me to my next question. Now that thay are iced do I just leave them on the counter to harden? Do the cookies get dried out?
I just leave mine on the counter, usually on cookie sheets so they're easy to move if I have a lot of them. I just iced 3 dozen cat face cookies today for SIL's wedding shower on Saturday. I'll wait until tomorrow when they're dry to draw the details, then bag them. I wouldn't leave them sit out longer than it takes to dry them, but mine don't get stale that quickly!
Also, just a tip on icing your cookies, try to keep the outline icing at least 1/8 inch away from the edges. I had a couple today where the icing fell off the edge of the cookie when I filled it in because I got too close to the edge with my outline. I also find that it's easier to get my lines where I want them when I'm moving the bag toward me rather than away from me, so I outline part of the cookie, then turn it and do some more, to avoid trying to push it into place.
Your cookies look nice, keep practicing and they'll get better and better!
Thanks slejdick. I was trying to push the icing intead of moving the cookie.
So do you think the icing looks to thick? It doesn't seem to lay as smooth as some i've seen.
Just to clarify, I don't move the cookie while I'm actually applying the icing. I do some icing, then move the cookie, then do some more icing, etc. I wasn't sure if that was clear, but I'm not nearly coordinated enough to even try doing it all at once, LOL!
I don't think your icing looks too thick on the cookie (i.e. not too thick of a layer of icing), but if it's not coming out perfectly flat, you might need to thin it a bit more with a few drops of water.
When I'm thinning my icing, I stir it, then take the spoon and drizzle a few lines of icing on top of what's in the bowl. I count to 10, and if the lines haven't disappeared, it needs more water. In fact, often I like the lines to disappear even sooner, maybe count to 7 or so. Just play with it until you find the consistency that works the way you want it to.
Another tip I have is to try using a squeeze bottle instead of decorating bag to put the icing on.
I have the squeezit mold painter bottles, which I love because I can use my own tips with them. I like to use the Wilton tip #3 for covering the cookies, but can change to other tips for decorating if I need to.
They come in 2 oz and 8 oz sizes. The 8 oz holds enough to do about 16 cookies, while the 2 oz is good for doing smaller batches or accent colors.
Here's a link to the 2 oz size:
hth, and have fun!