I always look at smooth glossy cookies and wonder how they do that, so I watched YouTube videos and invited my friend Carrie over to try it out with me. We had so much fun and so did my girls!
These were our first attempts. My expectations were low, because it was my first time to ever try, and I was ready to have fun regardless, but they turned out better than I thought they would!
Then I tried some other designs and letters...
I had a little extra icing left over, so I played a little more with it last night...not really following any rules or tips but just being creative.
The icing was a bit tricky because it was all about learning how to get it to the right texture. If it's too runny it will run off the cookie and if it's too thick it won't be smooth. I think that getting the icing right and outlining the cookies were probably the trickiest parts, other than that, it was just fun. This is the video that inspired our first cookies:
And these are videos from the lady that I learned how to make the icing and parchment cones from. I watched several of her videos : )
How To Make Parchment Paper Cones:
This is life changing for me because I HATE messing with bags and cleaning them. I loved learning how to make these and piping from them went really well.
I used this recipe exactly for the cookies. It says 36 cookies, but that is for about 2.5" cookie cutters, so if you're using bigger cookie cutters, double the recipe : )
I used this recipe for icing and we really liked it:
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 5 large egg white equivalents (I used meringue powder bc of immune issues and bc I heard it made the icing more stable)
- Flavoring (I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 a capful of almond flavoring)
- food coloring gel (for the cookies above, I just used pink- one with none, one with some pink, and one with double pink)
- water (there isn't a specific measurement for this--just add small amounts until you get it to flooding consistency- see videos above for more info)
Here are some pictures of my girls and their creations: