I’m really proud of myself right now! I made my first batch of decorated sugar cookies with royal icing. They’re not perfect but they look pretty good and they tasted great!
If you read this blog on a regular basis than you’ll know that I’m terrible at decorating. I blame my unsteady hands. When I was invited to a cookie decorating class I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’d never actually attempted anything with royal icing before. It would be a miracle if they could teach me anything!
The teacher was great and luckily I did learn a few things. It takes a lot of practice to get great looking cookies so to start with I decided on one shape and only simple decorations, glitter and sanding sugar. The stars could be Christmas or would also be good for Hanukkah. The cookies with glitter look way more impressive in person. The camera doesn’t capture it well.
I’ve been reading cookie blogs for a few years now (I like looking at the pretty pictures). They are amazing and are a great source of tips and information.
I used the sugar cookie recipe from Bake at 350 (without the almond) and I used a box of Tate & Lyle royal icing (it was enough to frost about 40 cookies). I made the cookie dough on Thursday night, rolled out the dough on Friday, baked the cookies on Saturday morning and decorated them on Saturday afternoon.
I mixed the whole box of royal icing and tinted it yellow. I made it fairly stiff so I could pipe the perimeter of the star first. While those dried I added a little more water to the icing and poured it into a squeezy bottle. I filled the cookies and used a toothpick to spread the icing to the small points of the star. While it was still wet I sprinkled on the glitter and the sanding sugar. I let the cookies dry overnight.
Got Milk Magic Straws are also awesome.
I was invited to attend the Christmas biscuit icing class at I Made it Myself