It’s only December 5th, but Christmas baking has already begun! And I took it to the next level with the help of royal icing!My fiance was out of town, and my Dad was out of town, so my Mom and I met up for a weekend of festive baking! We also ran a 5K (my first ever!) to “justify” of the eating of said cookies 🙂
I’d never used royal icing, and was always a bit intimidated by it. I mean, come on! It looks so glossy and professional! My sugar cookies were always decked with sprinkles and jimmies put on before baking. I figured it worked well enough, and was easy. But that was before royal icing. Now painstakingly placing individual sprinkles seems the daftest thing I’ve ever done. Because royal icing is fun, fast, and easy. And the results speak for themselves! I used a few different techniques, picked up from all over pintrest, and I’ll talk a bit about each below.
First up is piping! Super simple, super clean and chic, and super adaptable. I’ve done plenty of piping for other applications, so this was pretty familiar territory. Put the icing in a ziplock baggie, snip off a wee corner and decorate! I found it to be most striking on gingerbread, rather than on the paler sugar cookie dough.
I also used piping to create the edge of the “flooding” technique, where you pipe around the edges, and then flood the inside with a slightly runnier batch of royal icing. You can then pipe on more colors and swirl them around for all sorts of fun patterns.
The bell uses this flooding technique. I also tried just spreading icing on a heart cookie and doing the swirling with no border. It worked, but if you compare it to the bell, it looks a bit messier. So I mostly stuck with the piped outline.
The angel is a mix of piping (on the wings and the robe trim) and spreading (the hair and the body of the dress). Mom and I used lots of toothpicks, both for the swirling of different colors, and for applying small details, like the angel’s eye and mouth!
We had five colors going – red, blue, yellow, green, and white – plus a thinned “flooding” batch of white, piping bags, and sprinkles! Two batches of sugar cookies and a batch of gingerbread meant two days of decorating, and a delectable mess!
Sorry for the poor quality; Snapped with my phone as we worked.
I also indulged in some fan-girl baking, with this Harry Potter/Ron Weasley mash-up.
It’s a mash-up, cause it’s Harry’s green eyes and scar, but a ginger cookie 🙂
And last but not least, a pair of ponies. Both used the same cutter, but for the one on left, I pulled the cut-out into a jumping shape. The one on the right spread out too much so it’s a very plump pony. I was inspired by Swedish Dala horses for the decorations.
We made way more cookies than I’m sharing here, but some were eaten right away 🙂
Hopefully you get a chance to make some tasty treats of your own this holiday season!