Fun with Royal Icing

 

I have been in a cookie mood!  I wanted to try my hand at icing some cookies, cute cookies, cookies like you see on all the cool cookie blogs.

 

Until recently, I had never iced a cookie with royal icing!

 

After happening upon LilaLoa, I couldn’t resist trying my own cookie decorating with royal icing. Over the last week or two, I have played around with some cookies and wanted to share them with you.   I used Alton Brown’s royal icing recipe for these three experiments.  I am still working out what consistency of icing I like.  Check out this post about getting the perfect oozeness for all of your cookies!

 

Sunshine with Shades

 

I made this sunshine with sunglasses for an 8 year old boy’s birthday party.  I was super nervous to decorate this giant chocolate chip cookie but I did it and I think it turned out pretty well.  I should have taken a picture of my kitchen right after I decorated it though.  With 5 different colors of icing; I had used every bowl, spatula and thin piping tip in my possession.  I had a crusted rainbow of colors on the counters, the sink and the dining room table.

 

If you are interested in making a giant chocolate chip cookie, try the ghirardelli (back of the bag) recipe replacing half of the butter with shortening.  The recipe will make 2 large cookies (about 1o inches in diameter).  Split the dough in half, wrap it up, chill for at least 30 minutes and roll out into a nice circle.  Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.

 

Earth Cookies

 

I also couldn’t resist trying LilaLoa’s Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe,  It’s fabulous and freezes well for rolling out later.  It’s really tasty to just chop off a chunk of the frozen stuff and eat it while watching reruns of Scrubs!

 

 

I tried making earth cookies from this dough.  Chill the dough in plastic wrap and when ready, roll out about 3/8 inch thick.  I used a 3 inch diameter circular cookie cutter for the earth base.  I also made peace signs and had fun trying to make white swirls in the icing with a toothpick.

 

Alphabet Cookies

 

I still had some chocolate sugar cookie dough left in the freezer so I thawed it out and used my new T, A and B cookie cutters (my initials that I got for my birthday).  I think the icing consistency was a little off or I let the outer line dry too long before flooding the center because you can see my lines.

 

So if you are like me and afraid to try decorating with royal icing, give it a try, it really is easy and fun!

 

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