I had a blast making these cookies! They turned out awesome though I learned as I went along. Now I know how to get them all perfect looking because some of these aren't. I wrote below my mistakes so you can learn from them and make perfect cookies... the first time ;)
First mistake - outlining with out using a tip on my bag
In other words to outline I used a bag but just cut the end off. That made for a very unprofessional squiggly outline. All my pink ones were like this. When I used the other colors I did not outline I just used the flood icing. Which also worked though I want to try and get closer to the edge with that.
Example of mistake 1 -
Remedy for mistake 1 -
- Use a bag and circle tip to outline for a more professional look
- Or if you use just the flood icing to outline (which is probably easiest and looks just as good) my suggestion is to do it closer to the edge than I did mine just depending on how runny your flood icing is (I used flood icing on my blue, green and yellow outlined cookies)
Second mistake - Outlining a bunch of cookies at once then trying to fill in the cookies and add tie dye effect. Porblem with doing that was by the time I was coming around to the last few outlined cookies the pink outlining had already set up and when I was dragging the tooth pick through it the icing was not flooding back together like it should have and there were these ugly poke marks at the end of my lines! So my cookies were not entirely smooth like they should be. :(
Example of mistake 2 - The top blue cookie is correct no poke marks and all icing flooded together to make a smooth cookie. The bottom one however is my mistake example. You can also see the same mistake in the cookies pictured above in mistake one. It happened to all my pink outlined cookies.
Remedy for mistake 2 -
- Make all colors and bottle them first THEN do each cookie individually before moving on to the next.
- Tip for tie dye effect making - Be sure and clean your toothpick off with each stroke outward!!! So very important. I used a napkin and just wiped it on there after every stroke.
Third mistake - I can't really give you a picture for this because it had to do with the taste. I tried at first to make red but it ended up only turning out this dark pink. Problem was the pink ended up tasting a little funky because I had used too much food coloring!
Remedy for mistake 3 -
- To start don't use wilton food coloring! For red or any other color if you can help it. It does not give deep colors to the icing and tastes nasty if you use alot. Use Americolor gel food coloring. It works way better.
- When making red use americolor food coloring in tulip red. The tulip red shade is a no taste red so if you use alot it won't make it taste yucky.
- suggestion is to make it a few days ahead of time to let the color deepen. Read this post from a blog that gives alot of insight on color. I WISH I WOULD HAVE READ THIS FIRST
Helpful posts to read before making -
- This is the recipe for the royal icing I used (tastes better than wilton)
- This post explains all things having to do with icing and consistencies (you use flood icing for these cookies)
- This is the sugar cookie recipe I used. Awesome recipe!
Now for some more pictures of the final products!
Now, if you love these cookies but don't feel like making them yourself I sell them here in my Etsy Shop. Please check them out in my shop as well as the other items I have there!
I also have recently created a page for my Etsy business on facebook. Please click here to go to my facebook page and like my shop page! Soon I will be doing giveaways and deals!
Have a great day!!!