Friday, January 21, 2011

Decorating With Glaze......Part 1

Well.....now that we've talked about cookie dough, cutting shapes, making icing, coloring icing, & bagging icing.....it is time to decorate. Hurray!

As I've said before, I use one consistency of icing via the 10 second rule to check my icing (click the link to watch my silly video).

I have found that it works best to outline the cookie first (using a #1 or #2 tip.....usually #2) and then flood the cookie with a #3 or #4 tip (depends on how big the area is to fill).  I did some basic circles (snowballs!) a few weeks ago and took pictures of the outlining and flooding.


If you are wanting to use different base colors on the cookie.....always start with the darker colors.....in particular red, black, & navy. Since these colors tend to bleed easily.....it helps to put them on first and let the cookie dry for a while. I would say to let it dry for at least an hour. And as I said before.....it doesn't necessarily guarantee no bleeding......but I think it decreases the amount. (I'm convinced that it is almost impossible to not have red icing bleed at least a little!)

I wanted to put a heart in the middle of this mitten.....so first I outlined the mitten and the heart....

I then filled in the outer blue color so that it could dry for a while.



Once it was fairly dry.....I filled in the middle part to get this result....


Oh....I also added the lines at the bottom of the mitten. When you are using glaze....it doesn't hold it's shape.....it always falls down into a flat surface. So when you are putting on details.....you can't put them too close together or they will run together. So make sure you put enough space in between lines or dots in order to keep them separated.

More decorating pictorials to come......


Now for some Valentines cookies....my very first set for this year......finally! :)

 I used Food Doodlers food color markers to make the stitches, words, and Xs & Os. :) There's several other great brands out there as well.

And finally.....I thought I'd show you a picture (not pretty....but you get the idea) of our 10" of snow yesterday. My daughter, Jill, was cleaning off her cute little "new" car yesterday when I took this from our front door. :)


Every time I look out the window....I smile.
Snow!


19 comments:

kimmyk said...

very beautiul as always....just one question...u say that the glaze doesnt hold its shape.... and i do understand that.....but how do u get your lines on the mitten so perfect...and they dont run together..... did u thicken it??

kimmyk said...

oh one more question...lol..... is it the specific recipe that u use that makes your cookies edges stay so nice and striaght???? they litteraly look like u just cut them out...they dont get that rounded edge like most.

Pam said...

Lots of practice, kimmyk. ;)

No....I do not thicken my icing....I always use the same consistency. Just make sure when you pipe detail that you don't get the lines or dots too close together. I think that comes with lots of practice (and mistakes!) before getting it right.

Pam said...

My cookie recipe on FAQ is what I use....and it gives me nice straight edges every time.

kimmyk said...

thanks pam....i am going to try your cookie recipe for my vday cookies..... i cant belive how pefect the shape stays!!!!!!
thank you again !!!!!!

Jenny said...

Pam, I wouldn't ask, but since this is a tips and techniques series, I'm going to go ahead:

When you do the lil hearts, like on the interior of the valentine cookie, do you have to do them in two parts, with some dry time in between? If I don't, with glaze, mine just run together to make a dot. But my glaze is slightly different than yours.

I also had one more question: I'm just a hobbyist, but I do gift cookies a lot, and it seems like your icing may get harder than mine. When you package yours in the little jars up against each other, do they smear even a little? When I package in a cello bag, the icing invariably sticks in just a few spots to the bag. I would love to eliminate this!

Thank you so much for this series of posts!

Samantha said...

Wow! That's a lot of snow! I see why you are still working on your winter collection :)
These are lovely! Thank you for your amazing generosity with sharing so many tips!

SweetSugarBelle said...

I really wish I could have snow. The cold dead here really gets me down. I long for seasons.

As for the lesson, thanks for sharing. I am working on my frosting for the cause post, and I am seriously considering glaze.

It's about my nanny, and I made a special cookie recipe for her, and I know if she were here, she would prefer this icing hands down.

Thanks for giving me the confidence to try this (I think, LOL)

and thanks for the visit to snowland =)

CJ said...

I am loving all the information you are sharing with us. My order from Karen's Cookies is on the way!! I can hardly wait. Just another hobbyist here. No one would buy cookies where I live, but they sure do enjoy eating them. I can't wait to send some to my college kids. Your cookies are so cute!

CJ said...

Oh yeah, meant to share that I am a SNOW LOVER TOO!!! In fact it is snowing right now. Hubby is away all weekend and I am a little concerned that I may be snowed in. We have a steep driveway and last week's higher temps caushed lots of melting and now that mess has frozen - so under this pretty new snow...ICE!

Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com) said...

Now that's snow. Here in Texas, we very seldomly get that kind of snow! It's beautiful!

Renee said...

Your cookies are always so adorable! I just love the colors you get!
I was wondering, do you have 2 bags per color, one to outline, one to flood?
Also, have you ever tried or heard of chocolate sugar cookie icing?

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! I think it's wonderful that you're willing to help others out.

Pam said...

Thanks everyone! :)

Callye....I'm thrilled that maybe I could give you some confidence in glaze. You go, girl!

Jenny....the little hearts are all at one time. Just make the top lobes a little pronounced than you think they should be.

My icing dries completely with no smearing. Occasionaly it sticks slightly to a bag.....but I let it dry for 24 hrs....and that is usually just enough.

Renee....only one bag per color. Never heard of chocolate sugar cookie icing.

Jenny said...

Thanks, Pam. I realized that since I usually have to do my cookies late at night (kids!), I wasn't letting them dry a full 24 hours. In fact, sometimes it was only 12 hours! Looks like I'm going to have to start thinking ahead . . . .

Jackie said...

YOU are a genius! I just tried doing the "outlining with white" trick and WOW! Again, you should come to Arizona and show us a few tricks! I've learnes so much from you!!! Thank you!

Angelicaokusa said...

I am so blessed my friend from mexico told me about this web!!

Blessings!! Gracias!!!!

renee said...

I am learning a lot from your blog. Though I haven't started baking yet. :D Thanks a lot for sharing everything! :) Oops, by the way, how do you make the icing look shiny?

Cookiecrazielady said...

My pleasure to share, Renee. I'm so glad it is helpful to you.

I tend to take my pics right after I decorate cookies, so they are not dry yet. That is why they are so shiny. They have a mat finish the next day when they are dry.

Sofía said...

Preciosas!! igual te las copio para San Valentín, es decir para el 14 de Febrero. Saludos

 
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