Creating cookies like the pros - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Creating cookies like the pros

FOX19 -

Tips for Creating Cookies Like the Pros from Christi Lynn Cookies

Rolling out your cookies

  • Don’t use a lot of flour when rolling out cookies.  Too much flour creates dry, crumbly cookies.
  • Use rolling pin spacers to ensure consistent thickness in your cookies. 

Making your icing

  • When making your royal icing, overmixing can create a sponge-like texture when the icing dries.  Too much air gets incorporated and when the icing dries, it easily crumbles when touched.
  • The consistency of your icing is key for decorating success. Different consistencies are useful for different purposes.  When creating small detail, use a thicker icing.  For a smoother finish, use a runnier icing.
  • I like to outline and flood my cookies with 10-second icing.
    • The 10 second rule: Drag a butter knife through the surface of your royal icing and count to 10.  If the icing surface becomes smooth in anywhere between 5-10 seconds, then your icing is ready to use.  If it takes longer than approximately 10 seconds, the icing is too thick.  Slowly add more water.  If your icing surface smooths over in less than 5-10 seconds, it is too runny.  Mix your icing longer or slowly add more sifted icing sugar to thicken it.

Coloring your icing

  • Choose gel food coloring instead of liquid food coloring.  Gel will give you more intense, vibrant colors.  You will use less coloring with gel too, which will ensure the color doesn’t affect your icing consistency.
  • When mixing your icing colors, don’t stir too hard or you’ll end up with a lot of bubbles on your iced cookies.
  • Make your icing color a tad bit darker than you would like the finished color.  It will dry a bit lighter.
  • Make sure the coloring is thoroughly mixed into the icing.  When it’s not, you’ll see a ‘streaking’ effect once the icing is applied.  

Icing your cookies

  • If there are any air bubbles in your icing, pop them with a toothpick and gently shake your cookie from side to side to even out the icing.
  • Let your iced cookies dry for about 4 hours before you do any of your design work. If you do it while the bottom icing is wet, the colors will bleed.

 Although these tips all contribute to decorating success, good old-fashioned practice helps too.

Copyright 2017 WXIX. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly