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Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm Not Converted...Yet

All this talk about royal icing made my head spin. I mean if you visit any of the BIG sites you are going to see RI. Since the masses appear to be very familiar with it (I have never actually tried to decorate my cookies with said product), I succumbed to the pressure. How can one know until one tries? You see, all the GREAT cookie decorators who have their own videos and stores and how to sites never use anything else. And THEIR cookies are fabulous!

I have learned some valuable lessons. At the top of the list is---I need to try it again! My first attempt on decorating apple cookies for my school office?
Take a quick peek and promise you won't roll your eyes, or feel sorry for me, or (gulp) leave. OK here they are:

Besides the obvious need to work with this again,  I found myself impatient and I just had to touch grab a cookie or two before they had time to set. Did you know that outlines can squish or even move?

My outline didn't seem to want to adhere on my cool frozen cookies.

And of course my color challenge was RED. Can't tell by this picture, can you?   Directions on how to get bright red (check out this link at Bake at 350)  and also this one at  Kitchen Gifts .  Alright, may I just say it will be worth a few more tries....and it didn't taste as awful as some had reported.  But I do LOVE my old corn syrup, confectioners sugar, almond, milk recipe.

And just in case you want to try MY recipe...(deep breath)...I cannot claim the fame as it's all over the web, but maybe you need the link and you must meet this lady (she's one of the few who doesn't use RI) So click HERE for Cookie Crazy's Blog and recipe...not to mention a great tutorial and TONS of inspiration.  There are so many talented people out there.  Take some time to check out some of them.

I'll leave you with a few pics of my older cookies using the corn syrup icing.

You can check out other pictures like these on my photostream link at the top of my blog.  Happy Baking :)


  1. Good for you for being brave enough to try royal icing! I think that we all usually just end up using what we started using in the first place! I actually started with fondant, and it took a while for me to jump into royal icing!

  2. That is probably so true. I have not worked with fondant at all (I should say "yet") but it's on my list. I'll be looking at a few blogs and tutorials first though. Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts!