Hi everyone! I have been really slacking on the blog this week because I'm in St. Louis preparing for our big move in May. We signed a lease, Bob had some job interviews, and I've been getting in some quality family time (and shopping!) I have been busy ever minute, but it's been a lot of fun.
My mom, my sister, and I decided that this year, instead of dyeing Easter eggs we would decorate sugar cookies! After seeing several posts about Easter cookies, I couldn't resist trying them out. I love the technique of using toothpicks to drag out lines or dots into beautiful patterns. We had so much fun playing around with different designs!
Each time I've used Royal icing (here and here), I used a different recipe for the icing and a different sugar cookie recipe (see a great sugar cookie comparison post here). I keep thinking I'll find one that is better than the last time, but really they all seem very similar to me. I'll provide links to the recipes I used this time below, but know that these techniques work on any cookie, and I'm sure any royal icing recipe.
The one thing I did differently this time was to use only one consistency icing per color and to use it for both outlining and flooding, which were done at the same time, rather than what I've done in the past: outline, wait for it to dry, then flood. When using the same color for outlining and flooding, the outline blends in nicely. Of course this might not work for the Monkey Face Cookies where having a distinct outline is essential, but for these cookies it worked very well.
This time, I drew inspiration from a number of different sources. I first saw this post on the King Arthur flour blog about these fun techniques for Easter cookies. Then I saw a guest post on Bake at 350 from Sweetopia, which led me to other posts at Sweetopia. Each of these blogs have some great tips for working with royal icing.
For those of you who celebrate Easter, you still have time to try these out before Sunday - so get to it! :) Or see the sidebar for some other great Easter treats.
Have a great Easter, Passover, or a nice relaxing weekend!
Sugar Cookie Recipe - Roll-out Sugar Cookies by The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Royal Icing Recipe - Bake at 350
My mom's creation - remind you of anyone?
Can you guess which one my dad did? :)