Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just Experimenting

I decided to try using royal icing since it is what my friend, Cindy, uses (she shows her FABULOUS cookies here: www.cookiesbycindy.net/) and what is shown on http://www.cakecentral.com/ a website that Cindy directed me to. The royal icing looks so professional.
Yesterday we started a big winter storm and I knew it would probably cancel some of my normal activities for my teens, etc. so it seemed like a good couple of days to try new things. I used a bunch of new cookie cutters I'd bought last year on sale that I hadn't had a chance to use.
Yesterday I made the cookies.....today I decorated. This was the first time I used parchment paper.....both for rolling out my dough and for baking. I highly recommend it! I used it on top and bottom for rolling out my dough.....then put it on a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer for 15+ minutes. It did wonders when I cut out the cookies. They turned out so precise and beautiful. And baking them on parchment was perfect. They lifted right off with no effort.
This morning I made royal icing for the first time. You have to beat it for ten minutes....and since I still use a hand mixer, it was a bit tiring. But it was worth it....RI is fabulous! (And this could be a very good excuse to finally take the plunge and buy a stand alone mixer. :-))))

Using a bag with thinned RI and outlining and then filling the surface of the cookie was really fun. And oh how beautiful the surface is. The only thing I don't like is that it appears that RI gets pretty hard....almost crunchy....and I'm a soft cookie/soft icing kind a girl. ;-) I'm still undecided on whether I'll continue to use RI on the surface or go back to my shiny hard corn syrup icing.

These certainly aren't my best decorated cookies.....but I tried lots of new things this go around and found things to avoid in the future....and things to definitely do again.

Here's some of my favorites:




My brown turned out too dark again (my Americolor chocolate brown is more like a reddish tan [yuck!] and so I add black cocoa and invariably get too much.) Plus, my brown icing was too thin and the cool "weave" tip's indentations smoothed out.....but I still love this shape and how the flowers turned out.

Yesterday I also cut out tea cups and tea pots and froze them, so maybe next week I'll get those out and keep experimenting. :-)

10 comments:

Us :o) said...

Oh my goodness! Those are just precious! You are GOOD!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I'm so impressed!

~Carrie

CookieCrazieLady said...

Thanks Carrie for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :-)

Belinda said...

I love your newest cookies and the colorings on them..Great job Pam...They are wonderful..I can not wait to show mom the newest cookies you added..She loved the ones you already have pics of on here!

Hugs
Belinda

CookieCrazieLady said...

Awww....thanks Belinda. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics. How fun to share with your mom too. :-) These are some of my new colors from Americolor. I love the teal and pink. They turned out so vivid. I look forward to trying out my other new ones soon. :-))))
Big hugs back,
Pam

claudia said...

these biscuits are great!
you're really clever, i wonder if you'll be able to post not only results but also the making off sooner or later: it could be very interesting and useful if someone wants to try.
i was wondering also...who eats all that cookies??:D

CookieCrazieLady said...

Thanks Claudia. :-)

I posted the recipes I used over in the right hand column of my blog if your wanting those. As far as how to do it, I'm learning from trial and error.....but also have learned from www.cakecentral.com and many other sites. Cake Central's forums will lead you to lots of other places. It is quite an addicting website!

Who eats them....all of us! I have four teenagers living at home....need I say more. lol Plus, I am a giver....I love to give away the things I make. I take them to friends at church, coworkers, my husbands coworkers, etc etc. It is so fun to share with others. :-)

Thanks for your kind comments.

momtomissy said...

Wow Pam... so impressive!!! I love your Easter cookies, they are so pretty. You should sell them. I was at the market last weekend and they had some Easter cookies there. Nowhere near as creative as yours and they wanted 8.00 a cookie.. YIKES!! I would have bought one if it was 4.00 Heheh.
I enjoyed looking and have loved all of your cookies for the different occasions. Your so very talented.
Hugs
Tammy

Cheri-Beri said...

Those are beautiful! You must be the most patient woman in the world. And I love the colors - so spring time!

CookieCrazieLady said...

Thanks Carrie for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :-)

Belinda said...

I love your newest cookies and the colorings on them..Great job Pam...They are wonderful..I can not wait to show mom the newest cookies you added..She loved the ones you already have pics of on here!

Hugs
Belinda

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