Sunday, October 11, 2009

Experimenting with Royal Icing and Sugar Cookies

I'm not a huge fan of sugar cookies. To tell the truth, they are pretty bland. The only thing that redeems them in my book is the fact that they are a blank canvas. There is some amazing sugar cookie art out there, and I wanted to try my hand at it.

I've tried decorating sugar cookies before but never after I learned about the technique of flooding. That was the look I was going for but never could achieve. Until now.

So this was my first time flooding cookies, and I think it turned out pretty well. The flooding was pretty easy to do, and I had fun doing it. But I quickly realized that I need more couplers and more small plain tips. I never knew why I would need more than one tip of a certain size until now. I get it now. Now I want to buy some tips, but I have no idea if I can even get them in Libya. Hmm...maybe I see a package in the horizon...

I used the tutorial found here to help me through my first time flooding, and I found it super helpful. She gives some advice that's a little different than I've seen elsewhere, particularly with the consistency, and I found it to be most practical.

So the decorating was fun, but I was not really in love with the taste. I used Dorie Greenspan's sugar cookie recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours, and it was okay. I prefer this other recipe I have used before that used cream cheese in the dough. I think it makes for a softer cookie. I also wish I hadn't rolled them so thin. The ratio of icing to cookie was about half, and I think I would have liked it to be just a little more cookie. And the icing was just royal icing. Maybe there is a more flavorful recipe out there, even though I tried to liven mine up with some almond extract.

So I've got a lot of learning to do in this field, but I really want to get it. I want to make cookies that are pretty to look at and pretty darn good in your mouth, too. On goes the search!


Kurt N. said...

You ever tried Lofthouse cookies? Those will convert you to a lover of sugar cookies. Mmmhmm.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the great tips on icing cookies. I'm making some soon and will try some of those ideas.

I don't like sugar cookies either, so I make shortbread dough and roll it out and cut it into shapes. It's harder to work with, but I like the taste a lot.

Your cookies look fabulous!

Christina and Jacob said...

Kurt - I'll have to look into those lofthouse cookies...sounds interesting

Jillbert - great idea on shortbread cookies. I never thought about that before, but that's a nice alternative

Ursula said...

My nephew's birthday is coming up shortly. I can't wait to use your tips.

Rachel said...

I'm usually not a fan of sugar cookies either--but these are so cute I may just have to try them!

Amanda said...

Great job!! For your first time I think you are a natural!!

Cant wait to see the amazing creations you have in store..