Trying Something New…

I was supposed to write this post a few weeks ago but I often lose the battle with procrastination and this time was no exception. It kind of sucks because I was really excited about what I accomplished and I wish I had shared it sooner but later is better than never right? Plus, I’m still pretty excited about it. See, I finally tried making royal, something I once mentioned I was afraid of. I’m not afraid of the product itself, just the process. It turns out it’s not that scary.It was definately a learning experience but it wasn’t too scary. I used a sugar cookie recipe that I have used since I started baking and this royal icing recipe from Joyofbaking.com. I made some flowers, a couple of suns, and some piggies!

Flowers and Suns

So, this icing tasted like marshmellows and was very light and fluffy, none of which I was expecting, although I’m not really sure what I was expecting. It was very interesting to work with. I mixed three different colors, pink, yellow, and brown, and also used the icing as it was(white). It was weird though, because the white icing never really dried but the colored icing dried just fine. I’m not sure if I need to whip the icing more or if it had been too thinned. It might have helped to read some of the information in the paragraphs above the recipe, which I didn’t do until way later, since it says add more powdered sugar for piping… oh, well. Like I said, it was a learning experience. I also need to work on mixing icing colors; the didn’t just didn’t come out brown enough and the yellow was too pale, but practice makes perfect and I will keep trying.

For the piggies, I used a tulip cutter. They may seem a little random but I could see that pig in that tulip cutter and had to try. It didn’t come out quite the way I saw it in my head (which is usually the case) but they are pretty darn cute. And this attempt at decorating with royal icing didn’t come without its major mishaps.

Oops :/

The top of the bottle popped off when I was filling in the sun. But it’s ok because I got to eat that one. 🙂

Overall, this experiement went a lot better than I had anticipated. I think I’ll try this recipe again as it seemed to work well for basic cookies and tasted great but I’ll also continue to try out other recipes to see which works best for me. I had a lot of fun making these cookies and I can’t wait to try again and share more.

Hearts, Hearts, and Stars

I made sugar cookies yesterday. I recently bought some heart shaped cookie cutters and since its the season for hearts, I used them. However, I didn’t want to use just hearts. I needed another shape…just to see what how I could decorate them. So I made stars. 🙂 I have a limited supply of cookie cutters right now. It’s Christmas cutters and the new hearts and a few mini butterflies and flowers (which I also made but didn’t decorate) and Christmasy ones just didn’t seem right. But stars aren’t just for Christmas; they are for anytime you want. So anyway, I made the cookies and I decorated them in a variety of ways.

First I made “Owl Always Love You” cookies, inspired by these over at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle (one of my favorite cookie blogs, she is crazy talented)

Note the missed eyebrows on that back one. I guess I’m not as detailed oriented as I should be. These are decorated with buttercream (as are all the cookies I’m posting today). I’m a little afraid to try royal icing right now which means I can’t fill the background of them in the same way as Sugarbelle did hers but they still turn out super cute. I tried these cookies last week treating the buttercream in a similar way to royal icing but it didn’t quite work…

So anyway, I also made these cute Cat Cookies (note the missing whiskers on a couple, I really need to pay more attention 🙂 )

And these are some Talking Hearts:

The way these hearts are shaped, they remind me of the talking bubbles in comics and so I wanted them express some Valentine’s Day sentiments.

And here is a random assortment, a couple bows and a small rose with polka dots:

And these are my favorites! They are decorated with brushed embroidery flowers:Brush Embroidery Hearts

And last but not least, the stars:

Here I wanted to try piping a swirly design. It wasn’t easy and I need a lot more practice but that’s okay, I’m up for the challenge.