Ok, so I've been doing cake decorating for about a year now. However, I just started exploring cookies today. I'm very interested in it & am thinking about trying to make some of my own (all the pictures are definitely great inspiration!). Anyways, I know this is a big question, and will take a lot of explanation, but in short, what are the best recipes/techniques for making cookies? I've seen that NFSC is a good recipe to use for the cookies, but what about frosting? How involved is rolled BC & how is it compared to RI or regular BC? Thanks!!
Well, I am no expert, but I have used fondant, rolled bc, royal icing, and toba's glace'. I thought that fondant would be eaiser - I am really not a good piper, so I used that for a while. Rolled bc gave the cookie a better texture, but was too sweet and a little greasy for my liking. I don't really care for the hardening aspect of royal on anything. So, just tonight, I decided to give Toba's a try with piping. I used the outline and flood technique, and it was much easier than I expected it to be. I just hate cleaning out all of the bags!
I have no idea how to link you to a recipe, but the popular ones are here in the recipe section. Try Toba's Glace, Antonia's Royal, and Rolled BC in the search area.
Cookie decorating is very addictive!
Antonia74's royal icing is the only one I have used. It was the first one I tried and I loved it! But if you have time to try others, it's not a bad idea - for comparison reasons. I just don't have time to experiment and I'm very happy with my results.
What about techniques? Do you think flooding is a good technique?
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Flooding is great for a beginner, its a place to start and tweak your skills. Just outline your cookies and flood with your thinned icing. I find it easier to flood about 6 cookies and than go back to my first cookie and start flooding that one. Good Luck.