Never would I have imagined that something as simple as decorating a cookie could come with so many challenges. Not many start off with decorating by reading everything that can go wrong and find out later on, icing all over their kitchen, not able to figure out why their red icing is still pink and wondering why they ever thought this was something they should try... but if you are a little crazy like me, you keep going and make it your mission to figure out this whole world of royal icing - the 8th wonder of the world.
My first experience with edible images came when I received a request for ‘LOL doll’ Paint Your Own cookies. Now being a mom of two boys, I was like “LOL what??”... I mean if it doesn’t have to do with ninja turtles or hockey I just don’t know. And once I googled what they were, the panic set in with how on earth I could cookie-fy these freaky little things...
If you are new to cookies, these two words can be intimidating. By popular request, I’m going to share my tips for piping fonts & beautiful florals onto your cookies. The most important factor? Icing consistency! *Que eye roll*... but just like every other part of cookie decorating, it’s all about that darn icing!
I don’t think any of us said as I child “when I grow up, I’m going to be a cookie decorator”. But here we are! Decorated cookies are exploding right now on the baking scene and there is SO much amazing talent that is being showcased through them. For me personally, I don’t consider myself a baker. It’s just this weird and unexpected niche that I’ve fallen into as a way of expressing my creative side. And the greatest thing of all is this huge cookie tribe across the world who has joined forces on social media outlets to share their work and support each other. This community of bakers and artists is like no other I’ve personally experienced. You rarely see professions like realtors for example, who are liking and commenting on each others work saying “yassss queen, you slayed that home sale!” And yet there’s this group of like minded cookiers following one another on instagram, commending each other and sharing ideas, trials and tribulations in the Facebook chat groups and coming together at different classes and events like the much sought after golden ticketed Cookie Con. We love connecting and sharing the new things we’ve learned with each other. Which brings me to this blog post, and I’ve got some shit to say - because I love you all and it’s time we get real about this business that we’re in. So finish up mixing that bowl of perfect Tiffany blue icing and sending that last email to the client who just added an extra 3 dozen to their order due tomorrow, heat up that coffee or tea and let’s do this.