These cookies are no joke - the details are amazing.
From then on, I became a little obsessed with baking and decorating sugar cookies. The three recipes that I started were the sugar cookie, orange & cream cookie, and royal icing recipes from Creative Cookies by Toba Garrett. The recipes were easy to follow and in my opinion, the slight tang of the orange & cream recipe tastes better with the sweet royal icing.
Cincinnati Cake and Candy Supplies. Crate and Barrel usually carries some decent holiday shapes and Fancy Flours also has a bunch and has inspiring photos and how-to tutorials. I found that mini cookie cutters were great for practicing icing technique, because there is a smaller surface to decorate which makes it easier when it comes to working with the frosting and figuring out drying times. Also, small cookies are also just really cute and you can just pop them in you mouth.
|Spring cookie shapes|
To add color to your royal icing, be sure to use gel food coloring rather than the watery kind that they sell at the supermarket. The royal icing is very sensitive to water, so the gel adds intense color without watering down the icing too much. A little gel color goes a long way.
|Gel Food Color Kit|
I haven't decorated cookies in a long time. I got a little burnt out after my sister, sister-in-law and I decorated about 300 mini cookies for my wedding. Next time I bake a batch, I'll take photos as I go along so I can post a step-by-step.