Now if there’s one thing that I’m known for, it’s glittering all the things! The first time I opened a jar of disco dust, it was game over - that shit was going on everything. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the cookie world, you know that there are several items for glitters and metallic dusts, and that everyone has an opinion on what should be used in terms of edible vs. non toxic.
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.
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 openly share my recipe. You do have the option to purchase it in the Decorating Kit that I offer in my online shop, Cookie Couture (see the shop page on my website). It took time to develop a no chill, no spread recipe from the one that I started with and has for a long time been the one thing I haven't shared as I was running my own cookie business too. As I've transitioned more to providing both educational resources and products, it definitely made sense to include it in the Decorating Kits as I really wanted them to be the whole package. Keep in mind that recipes work out differently for everyone and you don't have to purchase my recipe to be successful. Find a recipe you like, and work with it to adjust it to your needs. It takes trial and error to get the result you want, and I have some tips that may help!
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!