How Do You Decorate Cookies?

Decorating By MGonzalez Updated 11 Aug 2005 , 11:58pm by loree001

MGonzalez Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 4:43pm
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I'm making cookies (flowers and buttlerflies) for daughter's birthday party. I was looking at the cookies in the Photo Gallery and came across a lot of pretty cookies! I am not a cookie person so I've never really tried to "make them look pretty" before but I would like ice them for the party. What do you use? Do you just buy the stuff at the store? icon_confused.gif

Thanks! Mary

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SheilaF Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 4:57pm
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I generally use fondant or royal icing thinned down. The royal icing makes a nice shiny coat when it dries. ANd it more like candy on top of the cookie.

MGonzalez Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 5:02pm
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But how do you spread the icing? WIth a brush or something? I've never worked with royal icing so I'm not how the texture is.


SheilaF Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 5:04pm
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For royal icing, I use a medium consistency to outline. then a thinned down (kind of watery) consistency to fill it in. Similar to how color flow would be. It does take awhile to dry, but looks really nice when they are done.

katiedeva Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 5:07pm
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Hi there... I use a royal icing recipe w/ meringue powder. I think it is posted on this site, it is called royal icing for sugar cookie recipe? I use disposable pastry bags & tips to decorate & fill. It can be helpful to use 2 consistancys of icing, one thicker to outline the shape & then a thinned version to "flood" inside. It can be time consuming, but always seem worth it at the end! I just posted some new ones in the gallery if you want to check them out. Hope that helps icon_smile.gif


beachcakes Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 5:12pm
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Wow, Katie - nice! Those must have taken you a long time with all those colors!

katiedeva Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 5:16pm
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YES it did take a really long time... the most time went into making the royal icing & getting it to (what I THOUGHT) was the right consistancy & then separating & coloring it all & then putting it into the decorating bags. I made all the cookies the night before so at least that was done.... it was a multiple-hours project! But this is only my 2nd time using royal icing & my first time using most of these cooki cutters, so I think if I had to do it again I could do it quicker. Practice... practice... practice!! icon_smile.gif

briansbaker Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 7:28pm
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thecakemaven gave me this recipe.. good luck
Have you tried Cookie Glaze?
Here one I use:
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 warm water
1 T light corn syrup
1-2 tsp. flavoring
Food Coloring (paste)

Dissolve syrup in warm water. Mix in extract, sugar and until you have a smooth glaze. Add more sugar to thicken or more water to thin. use thicker for outline and thinner for filling. Your fill in icing should disappear at the count on 10.
with parchment bags fitted with a #4 or #5 tip for outlining and then fill in the middle with thinner icing. Work quickly to fill in the middle before the icing crusts over. let dry for an hour before adding another color on top. (if plan using more than one color on the cookie)
Recipe thanks to thecakemaven..

loree001 Posted 11 Aug 2005 , 11:58pm
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I use the cookie glaze recipe above (or I reduce it down if I don't need that much), and I LOVE it! I use vanilla and butter flavorings and my kids think they taste like candy corn. It dries shiny, too. I find that royal icing tends to dry out the cookies and its hard. This cookie glaze dries hard to the touch, but its still soft when you bite into it, if that makes any sense!

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