Monday, February 25, 2013

Tea & Cookies

Continuing with my plan to improve my sugar cookie baking skills in 2013, I spent a few hours Saturday working with royal icing and my piping and flooding techniques. Once upon a time, I would have wanted to make perfect, elaborately-decorated cookies by lesson two, but these days I'm more realistic. If I just got the hang of piping and flooding, I would be happy. I still have much to learn, but for Month Two I am quite pleased! (Again I recommend the book "Cookie Craft," reviewed here.)

It helped immensely that I had already baked the cookies and had them in the freezer before the day's session began. Step one: mixing royal icing into piping consistency and outlining the cookies. That little glob at the bottom is the same thing I do when outlining crafts with Elmer's, so I will work on developing a steadier hand!

The next step was mixing the royal icing into flooding consistency. I flooded my cookie all right, and the first one breached the levee!

Realizing I had gone a little icing crazy on that first effort, I tried a gentler hand, and this little guy turned out much better.

Were they dry yet? I thought so, but those little indentations at right are where I stuck my finger in the wet paint.

I realized I needed to take a side view of the cookies. These were still wet-wet-wet.

But eventually they dried and I piped polka dots on them. Though I think maybe I put too many polka dots. Do these cookies look like they have chickenpox to you? I'm not sure, but I think I'll space out the dots a little more next time. The happy news is that the cookies (including the icing!) are delicious, I enjoyed my cookie decorating session, I learned a few things to improve upon for next time, and hopefully I'm well on my way to becoming a better cookie baker and decorator!

19 comments:

Joy said...

Even with lots of dots, they're adorable!

Lavender Cottage said...

Excellent tip to have cookies already made in the freezer. My problem is I don't have a steady hand to outline, yours turned out nicely.
Icing sure makes a plain cookie into something more elaborate so I should practice too for my Easter cutters.
Judith

Marie said...

FUn cookies...I agree that fewer dots might have made a bigger impact. But they are lovely.

Rosemary said...

Beautiful! They look good enough to eat... and I could/would eat more than one!

Bernideen said...

the part of the process we have excelled in is the last part - the eating part! This is where we hold a "gold metal"!!!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Fab Angela...perfect for a tea party or just for a pampering tea for two! Clever girl, you are!
Ruth

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Those are cute cookies and well worth the time and effort!
Nancy

LELO said...

Angela! I´m glad that you´re making cookies! :D I love the teapot shape and the dots!

I made some last easter and loved it!
I use my dogs as models (I´ll put a link to you see the cookies)
It was the first time - I know how difficult it is...

http://bymarcelocarbone.blogspot.it/2012/04/making-easter-sweeties.html

relevanttealeaf said...

What a fun project! I took a cookie decorating class in 2008. I think I burned myself out because I made 8 cookie bouquets as centerpieces for one of our church teas - and the bouquets had to be two sided because ladies were seated on both sides of the table. I forget now how many dozens of decorated cookies were required but it was A LOT! I haven't decorated a cookie since! ;-) But I am anxious to use my new teapot cookie cutter that I bought at Home Goods, so maybe I'll get back to it again soon. Hope I remember how! I think yours came out lovely.
~ Phyllis

Kiffer said...

Please send dozen to >>>
They are so cute and I bet they taste yummy :)

Steph said...

LOVE the polka dots!

Nancy Carr said...

Thank you for sharing the idea for cookies and the cookie book. I love the polka dots on the pretty cookies.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

I am impressed! I could enjoy one of your beautiful cookies with a nice cup of tea!

Ginger said...

What's the saying, patience is a virtue? :-) I think you did a great job.

Cheryl said...

Lovely

parTea lady said...

I also have the "Cookie Craft" book, but I've yet to try my hand at piping & flooding. Your cookies turned out great!

Marilyn said...

I once hired a woman to give me a one on one cookie decoration class with the flooding and the dots included. I think you did great! I didn't keep it up, but it is so fun.

Anonymous said...

Your cookies look delicious! Love hearing about your process, you have so much patience. Joanie

Hannah from LuLin said...

These look delicious! Great job! I like all the polka dots!