Lately I’ve been searching around the internet for something new in sweet creations that I haven’t tried before.
and then I saw it – decorated cookies!
How genious is that? you get a canvas (which is the cookie) and you can pretty much can transform it to the belle of the ball.
So I went to the nearest baking supply shop and got the royal icing mix (although you can make your own) and some food coloring and started playing!
This was my first try (ever) so It turned up not as beautiful as I intended. It takes a while to know what is the right consistency and when you can apply what and with what.
some basic – and crucial – things that I discovered today:
1. If you want to write/paint/do a 3D image you must wait until the first layer (if there is one) is completely dry (I don’t have much patience so that ruined must of my cookies)
2. for a second layer you usually need a much denser consistency. like a real thick paste.
3. keep a toothpick and some tweezers at hand – they are real helpful when you need to apply or spread something.
since taste is as important to me as the looks of the final cookies, I created a really good sugar cookie lemon recipe, which is delicious by itself.
The basic sugar cookie recipe is below.
the before and after:
two sticks (one cup) salted butter (or unsalted+1/2 teaspoon salt)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 cups all purpose flower
2 teaspoons vanilla
juice + zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon lavender leaves (edible ones!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
heat oven to 400 degrees
cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg and mix until combined.
In a seperate bowl, mix the dry ingredients and gradually add them to the wet mass.
roll, cut and bake on parchment paper for 6-7 min (don’t let it go brown!)
move to a wire rack and wait until completely chilled, before decorating.