Help! Some Cookie Questions That Have Been Plaguing Me...

Baking By lasvegasmommma Updated 14 Nov 2009 , 2:38am by TracyLH

lasvegasmommma Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 3:13am
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I am getting ready to make some cookies for a school event and want them to be really impressive. Here are some issues I have been having in the past though that I would like to resolve before I make these new cookies...

1. How do you get bubbles out of RI? I think the bubbles may happen when I am thinning the RI out to flood. It looks okay, but when I stop stirring and let it sit for a minute... poof... tones of little air bubbles.

2. What is the best way to make RI shiny or glittery? They want these cookies to be gold... meaning shiny gold, not a yellow. I have thought about a luster dust (would I paint it on???), and I have also thought about a cookie my son got at school for someone's birthday. It was ices with blue glace, and actually had glitter in the glace. Is there an edible glitter you can do this with???

3. I have noticed with my last few batches of RI cookies that the icing is drying a little funky... EVEN with just the plain white icing. It looks as if the icing is darker in some areas than others. Any idea why this could be happening?

I am forever grateful for any input!!!

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sjmoral Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 4:24am
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I'll try...

1. The best way is to color your royal icing in advance so all the air bubbles pop up on the container and not on your cookie. If you use it right away just pop the bubbles with the tip or a toothpick.

2. I've added a little bit of glycerin but I really don't see much difference on the shine. Other people have said that they put them in the oven after they decorate them but I haven't tried myself.
There is edible glitter in different colors, I just saw it at sugarcraft dot com

3. That happens to me when I make the icing a couple of days before and then I don't mix it well before using it again. It starts separating...

Hope this helps...

lasvegasmommma Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 4:56am
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Thank you for the response! It did help.

Unfortunately, the website you referred to for the glitter was blocked. : (

I did research online, as I definitely want to add glitter, or some luster dust to make it glittery. All I could really find for edible glitter was those flakes that Wilton makes in different colors. What I am looking for though is an actual glitter.

I found some that was perfect, but it was a UK site, of course! They said that the maker of it is "Edable Art". And yes, that spelling is correct. I then looked that up, and the only websites featuring that company were UK sites. Ugh!

toleshed Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 3:09pm
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for glitter or any of your needs, go to

lasvegasmommma Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 4:53pm
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Thank you for the response! Unfortunately, that site only sells the flakes too. Those flakes are not like a true glitter... I have used them before. I am looking for an actual edible glitter... like one you would use on an art project or something, but edible.

verono Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 8:00pm
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Do you want something that's sparkler like this? Or more?

verono Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 8:02pm
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I'm making a reference at the crowns, not the magic wand..

KHalstead Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 8:24pm
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cakes by sam dot com has what's called 'pixie dust" or "disco dust" and it's edible glitter........I have some.....VERY sparkly!! I used it on this cake

here's the link, if it doesn't work go to cakes by sam dot com and go to online shopping and enter "pixie dust" into the search bar

luv2bake6 Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 8:59pm
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How do you use that? Just sprinkle it one wet icing? dry icing? mix it with a liquid?

mvucic Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 9:15pm
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I have gold luster dust that I use with some lemon extract and paint on. The crown cookies in my photos was done with the silver and the engagment ring prongs and band. I also have some gold on my burgundy and gold/cream wedding cake, and also the LV bag I made.

If that's the kind of "shiny" gold you want, painting it is the way to go. I don't know anyone that has acheived true gold icing.

For my crown cookies and ring, I started with a grey fondant/icing. Then painted over with the luster dust.

For my wedding cake, I started with an ivory/cream color, then painted with a gold luster dust. Makes it look more like gold, rather than a bright yellow.


KHalstead Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 10:08pm
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for that particular cake I brushed on some egg whites and then put some glitter on a plate and blew it onto the sides of the cake with my airbrush LOL If you're sprinkling it on wet cookie icing there's no problem with it sticking, or even onto fresh buttercream, but because I was needing it to stick to the SIDE of a fondant covered cake, I needed something wet to make it adhere.

lasvegasmommma Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 11:20pm
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That pixie dust is EXACTLY what I am looking for! THANK YOU! Verono... is that what you used on your crown cookies as well?

I am also looking inot a spray luster made by PME. I was thinking that may be easier? I don't know...

verono Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 11:39pm
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Originally Posted by lasvegasmommma

That pixie dust is EXACTLY what I am looking for! THANK YOU! Verono... is that what you used on your crown cookies as well?

I am also looking inot a spray luster made by PME. I was thinking that may be easier? I don't know...

I used luster dust (not dilued) that I brushed over dry icing (glace)

bobwonderbuns Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 1:18am
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I see that emerald pixie dust is GORGEOUS!! I'll have to get me some! icon_biggrin.gif

TracyLH Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 2:38am
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A quick note - be very careful putting cookies in the oven even at a low heat. I did that once and had a huge problem with darkening. I attribute it to the butter being affected by the heat and 'seeping' into the RI. I might be wrong, but either way, be very, very careful. I have heard of some putting them in the oven with the light on only to help them dry, but have not heard about it helping the shine factor.

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