FH_Cakes Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 8:00pm

I love making sugar cookies, but I can't stand any of the icings. Do any of you use Buttercream on your sugar cookies? I am going to be packaging them individually for a Farmers Market, any suggestions?

32 replies
Peeverly Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 9:23pm

You should check out this photostream on flickr.com. Kim does all her cookies in buttercream. Her designs are awesome! I don't think she can stack them but they look beautiful and I bet they taste incredible!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43488478@N06/

GeminiRJ Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 11:30pm
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Originally Posted by Peeverly

You should check out this photostream on flickr.com. Kim does all her cookies in buttercream. Her designs are awesome! I don't think she can stack them but they look beautiful and I bet they taste incredible!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43488478@N06/




I agree! They're so unique and beautiful! She says they taste divine, too, and I can believe it!

Echooo3 Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 11:51am

They are truely beautiful. Wonder how she can package those?

All of you CC'rs are so darn good. I am always inspired.

Natalie1987 Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 2:29pm

When I first started to do cookies, I used royal icing and I did not like the taste or texture either. They looked perfect but everyone complained the icing was too crunchy. All I use now is buttercream. I package them indiviually and although you have to be very gentle, you can stack them. But you have to give them plenty of time to dry. I usually leave them overnight to dry before I package them.

JawdroppingCakes Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 2:43pm

I use mmf and they taste great and you can stack them and package them with no problem.

SassySweetz Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 5:44pm

karenscookies.net has a delcious buttercream recipe that I use for my cookies. I have packaged and stacked them with no problems at all.

cvigil Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 8:12pm

Yup, karenscookies is great. I use the merengue powder buttercream in place of royal.

MadMillie Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 8:37pm

Wow! Just went to her web site. It is amazing. I love people who share.

millermom Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 8:39pm

Have you thought of using RBC? I use it all the time now. You can pipe RI on it for the details, and it never completely hardens because of the grease in the RBC. Everyone I've given them to likes it better than fondant on cookies!

adonisthegreek1 Posted 13 Apr 2010 , 8:59pm

I use buttercream most of the time. Once they crust, you can gently stack them. If I use royal icing, I add a tbsp of honey or corn syrup so they the don't dry super hard.

cylstrial Posted 7 Jul 2010 , 1:34pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peeverly

You should check out this photostream on flickr.com. Kim does all her cookies in buttercream. Her designs are awesome! I don't think she can stack them but they look beautiful and I bet they taste incredible!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43488478@N06/




Amazing cookies! icon_biggrin.gif

Debi2 Posted 1 Dec 2010 , 10:44pm

I use to always use buttercream on all my sugar cookies. I loved that it kept them soft and they tasted delicious...everyone loved them. They taste alot better than the ones with royal icing...in my humble opinion. You can't stack them without messing them up though...that's the downside. I started using fondant on my cookies for that very reason. Hope this helps.

Deb

KrisCraft Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 2:32am

I use the modified meringue powder recipe on Karenscookies.net

http://www.cookiedecorator.com/showthread.php?22icon_eek.gifkay-I-tried-Kay-s-quot-revised-quot-buttercream-recipe...now-I-have-a-question.&highlight=kay%27s+version

its easy to work with, dries firm enough to stack and package etc, I dry mine overnight before packaging. It can be thinned easily for flooding, dries nice and shiny. it tastes great compared to royal. the cookies stays soft underneath. I have made hundreds of cookies with it.

msulli10 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 2:46am

Wow, I gotta try this.

pood Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 3:08am

I use rolled buttercream on No Fail Sugar Cookies and it is delicious. I have no problems packaging or stacking them.

ThePurpleButterfly Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 3:47am
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peeverly

You should check out this photostream on flickr.com. Kim does all her cookies in buttercream. Her designs are awesome! I don't think she can stack them but they look beautiful and I bet they taste incredible!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43488478@N06/




icon_eek.gif WOW!

I also use MMF and they taste great! I think the MMF has a similar texture to sugar cookies, so they compliment each other well. They're also easy to decorate. thumbs_up.gif

Debi2 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 5:09am

I've also mixed the rolled buttercream with the mmf and that taste yummy too! thumbs_up.gif

Deb

msulli10 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 12:41pm

Has anyone ever thinned out this royal meringue buttercream icing so it dries smooth on the cookies? I watched her videos and the cookies have some texture on them that I'm not that wild about.
Also, has anyone tried this recipe on a cake???? It obviously crusts well.

kittykat416 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 12:30am

I modified the Meringue Buttercream from Karen's Cookies; the first time I tried it the original way (with water & shortening), it separated out when I tried to thin it down for flooding. I figured it was because the recipe essentially tries to mix water and oil (shortening), which isn't ideal. So I changed it to the following:

1/3 cup whole milk or half&half cream
3 tablespoons meringue powder
1/2 cup butter OR 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup shortening
4 & 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
Flavouring as desired

Using half butter + half shortening instead of just butter helps to give it a good butter taste, but since shortening stays firmer at room temperature, it helps the icing to crust over better

You can thin the icing out for flooding by adding more milk/cream

I think my next experiment will be to try using pastuerized egg whites instead of meringue powder to see if it improves the taste even more

msulli10 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 1:51am

Thanks Kittykat - I'll have to try it.

scp1127 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:22am

I use an icing from cookie crazie. It isn't buttercream, but the taste is really good. I don't like extreme sweets and I even like these cookies. It dries and keeps well... plus it is easy to decorate with it. I use CC's NFSC cookie recipe.

Debi2 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:39am

scp1127, where can I find the cookie crazie icing recipe? I did a search but had no luck. Does it harden like royal icing, or stay softer like a buttercream?

NanaSandy Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:45am

I want an icing that will semi harden, but taste like buttercream for cookies? Does it exist? Royal dries too hard, and some of the family likes fondant, and others don't. So fondant is out. I usually use buttercream, and don't stack them.

scp1127 Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:56am

Debi2, I don't know how to make a link, but I looked it up, cookiecrazie.blogspot.com
It hardens and you can stack it. It will accept any extract. The taste reminds me of buttercream and it is creamy looking and tasting, not brittle and chalky like royal. This is the first recipe I tried and it was one of those rare lucky times I stopped looking after I tried it. Her cookies are beautiful and she sells only to support missionaries.

cookie_fun Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 5:19am

You can also add one TBL of softened butter to RI and it keeps it from getting hard. I flavor my RI with butter flavoring and vanilla and it tastes like BC. It will make a light crust on the outside that allows for stacking and the inside stays soft.
I learned this on a thread a while back and have made my cookies with this since.
You can thin it down for flooding too and still get that super smooth look like regular RI.

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