It's finally time to blog about what I'm most passionate about...Cookies!!
I feel this picture of Cookie Monster is pretty appropriate. I'm fairly positive I've turned into a monster in my kitchen once or twice while baking cookies. It's usually when my OCD kicks in and my icing doesn't want to cooperate.
So where were we? Oh right....New Year's Resolution.
This resolution may not have even happened had I secretly not been wanting to make Steeler cookies (and Packer cookies for my husband). Another major factor was my Christmas gift from my grandmother. She bought me a case of 20 decorating tips from Ateco and a metal pump icing tube. Growing up, I remember getting a big bin out of the cabinet that my mom kept her cake decorating supplies in. In it was an old metal pump icing tube she had gotten years and years ago.
Are you a visual learner?
Me, too. Here's what I'm talking about.
I love the nostalgia I feel when I get to decorating cookies. I turn into a little girl looking through that decorating bin. One who's sitting at the sink washing out the perfect colored icing. One who's leaning over and watching my Mee-Maw decorate those chocolate peanut butter Easter eggs. (Commence playing of the song Memories in my mind.)
I went searching on the cookie blogs for a basic sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe. As of right now, I'll save the recipes for a later post. I'll let you in on a secret though, I don't use egg whites in my royal icing. This ensures that they are always edible and won't go bad. Plus, I just get creeped out having raw eggs in anything I'm not actually baking.
The one thing I've learned is that it's okay to play around with recipes. Coming from a strict recipe follower, that's a big lesson to learn. I think that goes back to my OCDness.
I had a few basic cookie cutters in my possession. Mostly random ones associated with a holiday.
The first set of cookie cutters I actually bought were a 4 pack of Wilton Sports cutters.
I wanted to tackle the helmets and the jerseys. (Haha, how bout that football pun?)
I was so proud of those cookies that first football game.
Looking back I think "Black royal icing? What the heck was I thinking?"
I've not been able to get icing that black since then.
Clearly I didn't know that the smaller the tip used ( a #00 or a #1), the better the writing.
Obviously, I hadn't gotten the hang of keeping my hand steady either.
I was excited to use the Food Color Markers on the packer cookies.
Evidently I didn't realize I could make green icing?!
Somehow my icing consistency turned out perfect that first batch of cookies. Noticed I said icing consistency. My icing job was nowhere near perfect, but practice will help solve that.
Little did I know how lucky I was. Boy was I jaded to think getting the perfect icing consistency would always be that easy. If I would have known then, what I know now...I may not have tried another batch. They do say to quite while you're ahead.Add a comment »