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.
Although I’m known mainly for my cookies, I also dabble in cupcakes from time to time. My youngest son actually much prefers them to the over saturation of cookies in our house... Cookier kid problems! When I originally started my business, I offered cupcakes regularly as well. But as the cookie side exploded, I shifted my focus mainly to them and now do cupcakes mostly just for holidays. And if you’re wondering if I do cakes, the answer is no. Just no. Give me all the royal icing in the world, just don’t ask me to bake you cake!
If you’ve followed my work, you know that I am a huge fan of watercolour... like I might actually have a problem. “What? I’m fully booked and you want watercoloured cookies? Ok!”... it’s happened a few times because I just can’t pass up an opportunity. But when I don’t have to mix a million and one colours and can paint on a beautiful white canvas, I’m sold. Exploit me if you will...
Now that we have the royal icing out of the way in my last post, it’s time to give you what I know about baking the perfect sugar cookies! But here’s the thing - I don’t share my recipe... Why? Because I am still running a business and although I share a lot, it’s the one thing I choose to keep sacred. So how am I going to teach you about making cookies without a recipe you ask? Well, i’m a firm believer that it’s not just the recipe but HOW you prep and bake your dough - and I will link some popular recipes at the end for you to try out!
So you’ve looked up some royal icing recipes and instructions and your head hurts from all this talk of consistencies, piping, flooding, does and don’ts and you’re thinking “what in the world, it’s just icing so how hard can it really be?” And trust me, I was that person and thought the same too until I sat in front of cookies with icing running off the sides and designs that looked like my 5 year old could have done better. Well friends, royal icing is an animal of it’s own and does take time to master, BUT with some practise, patience and the ability to overcome wanting to throw all of your messed up cookies to the dog, you WILL get it and find what works for you!