Cookie Icing Question, Help Please.

Baking By georgiapuddinpie Updated 16 Sep 2009 , 1:46am by georgiapuddinpie

georgiapuddinpie Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 5:51pm
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Okay, so a lady called me today and wants me to decorate teapot sugar cookies for a shower. I told her I have never done this before, but she insists (you would have to know her). Anyway, we agreed that she would make the cookies and I would decorate. She doesn't want the hard royal icing on top, says it messes up lipstick (again you would have to know her). She specifically suggested just using confectioners sugar mix with water. My question is will this work and will different colors bleed together? Is there a "soft icing" to use on cookies which wont get damaged easily? I am very nervous about this. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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cinderspritzer Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 10:19pm
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You should use Toba's glace. It hardens enough to stack but is soft inside when you bite it.

My question is mostly about how crazy she gets when eating cookies that it messes up her lipstick.... ?

PS and water MIGHT work but it would be super soft and powdery when it was done, and probably runs the risk of bleeding a lot more.

pbeckwith Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 10:36pm
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I agree - use Toba's. It's the only one I use. On occasion I'll use royal icing for tiny decorations or scrolls.

georgiapuddinpie Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 12:01am
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Thank you so much for your replies! I was wondering, do you use Toba's the same way you use royal to decorate the cookie? Basically I was planning to use the tutorial on here to try to do them.

pbeckwith Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 2:29pm
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I just outline and then fill in. By the time I'm done with one color, it's set up enough to do another color - otherwise, they'll bleed. Then once I'm done with all the base colors I'll mix up some royal and do the small details with that. Depending on how fast they dry, sometimes they have to sit overnight before you stack them. I've never had a problem with Toba's recipe.

cinderspritzer Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 7:45pm
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The bigger the cookie, the long it will have to dry. This applies to any RI-iced cookies. To make Toba's thicker for details or outlining, just add a little PS at a time. Too much, and it will get too thick to squeeze through a tip.

georgiapuddinpie Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 10:03pm
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Thank ya'll so much for the help! It is greatly appreciated. icon_smile.gif

traceyjade Posted 12 Sep 2009 , 4:38pm
post #8 of 17 Try this, Rylan posted this site and the first video explains how to decorate with fondant. You can tell your friend that it will not effect her lipstick icon_rolleyes.gif haha! It is easy and looks awsome...Good luck thumbs_up.gif

cinderspritzer Posted 12 Sep 2009 , 4:40pm
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yeah, fondant never occurred to me. i guess i'm an icing puritan. lol!

Mike1394 Posted 12 Sep 2009 , 5:23pm
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Originally Posted by georgiapuddinpie

She doesn't want the hard royal icing on top, says it messes up lipstick (again you would have to know her).

Tell her to eat the cookies NOT kiss the darn things. LOLOLOLc icon_biggrin.gif


georgiapuddinpie Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 12:56am
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lol! Would love to see the look on her face if I told her that. Very type A personality.

msulli10 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 1:12am
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I don't know about you folks, but I eat my cookies with my teeth, not my lips! lol

G_Cakes Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 1:18am
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Wow correct me if I am wrong here but...isn't royal icing the same as confectioners sugar with water minus flavoring, coloring and meringue powder?

bonniebakes Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 12:42pm
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If you are comfortable with RI and don't want to try something new, I suggest you use Antonia74's royal icing (in the recipe section) - it's wonderful! It dries hard enough to stack, but stays somewhat soft on top of the cookie and isn't hard enough to do any damage.

georgiapuddinpie Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:48am
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Need to bother ya'll with one more thing in this thread. How much should I charge for 50 decorated cookies? Mind you, she made them, I just decorated.

bbmom Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:08am
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I guess it depends on how big they are, how many colors you use and how detailed you get. I usually charge about $1 an inch for decorated cookies, she's doing the easy part so maybe deduct 25cents per cookie.

georgiapuddinpie Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 1:46am
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I used about 6 different colors and made the design on each teapot different. They were regular size cookies? I guess. Then she made extra 50 and had me do them as favors at last minute. Made them all the same teal w/white top and handle and Monogram initials. How much for all of it?

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