Remember how I said they say you should quit while you're ahead? (Wait, did I say that or am I making it up?) Anyways, hindsight is 20/20 and I learned a valuable lesson that second cookie batch I made.
Cookies will not set if you try to speed up the process by sticking them in the freezer.
Ice crystals will form and then the ice will melt when you pull them out of the freezer adding extra water to your royal icing.
But, I was in a hurry and thought I'd be smart and get them to set faster by sticking them in the darn freezer.
And this is what I got.
Royal Icing that never set. Cookies that were impossible to eat and not pretty by the time they got to their destination. (Although our neighbor, Big Mark, said they were good....but I'm pretty sure he'll eat anything)
I spent this batch of cookies (before I sat them in their frozen demise) working on different icing techniques. I was trying to get the hang of a technique called 'wet on wet' icing. Sounds silly but it's a legit decorating term. It's when you flood your cookie with one color and while it's still wet, you add a detail color. The finished product is multiple colors all even with each other. It's a great layering technique.
I also tried to work on my handwriting. Writing is so dang on difficult on cookies. First, you've got to have neat handwriting, which for the most part, I do. But then, you have to have the perfect consistency icing. Too thin and your letters will run together. Too thick and you'll never be able to pipe the icing.
It's a good thing I've got a lot of patience (or stubborness) or I may have quit right after that batch of cookies.
I'm going on vacation for a few days, so I'm going to take a little blogging break if that's alright with you. (Tough luck if it isn't!)
A good blogger would have pre-planned and had automatic blog posts, but that would require...well....pre-planning and I've been a little too busy for that.
Besides, if I was ahead of the game you'd actually be seeing my fourth of July cookies. At this rate, they'll show up on here by August.
Enjoy the Fourth!!
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