Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Royal Icing Cookies!!!

As far back as I can remember, I have had a love for sugar cookies. The whole process to me is so fun. Every year at Christmas time, my sisters and I would help mom make sugar cookies. We would pop in Amy Grant Christmas (the best Christmas album EVER next to Lee Greenwood Christmas...yes...LEE GREENWOOD) and roll, cut, bake and decorate. THAT is Christmas!! I remember making sugar cookies as a kid and having this perfect vision of decorating my cookie to look like the kind of cookies you see in the magazines. Mine always ended up sloppy and covered in three different kinds of sprinkles. Half the time you couldn't even tell what shape the cookie was! But what fun! I still love sugar cookies, and being the obsessive baker I am, bake sugar cookies for every holiday. And, just recently, I have figured out why my cookies never looked "magazine perfect" with details and smooth icing....

Wait for it...

Royal Icing!!! Royal Icing is an art. It requires the right supplies, patience, timing, and planning. It isn't like the delicious buttercream we are all accustomed to...it won't make your mouth water...but WOW!!! It sure gives you THAT look. Those stares from people saying, "where did you buy these cookies?" And it is a chance to take pride in your baking and gosh darn it to actually be able to tell what shape cookie cutter you actually used.!!!

I will be posting a tutorial on royal icing next week as I make Thanksgiving turkey cookies for my Thanksgiving dinner! Gobble gooble. Till then, here are some pictures of cookies I have done and experimented on in the past couple weeks...

These were my very first attempts. I am learning more and trying harder designs now-a-days. I made some very detailed, super cute Halloween cookies that I will share with you soon. I must give credit where credit is due. Annie at Annies Eats has an amazing royal icing tutorial on her blogspot. I learned the craft from her and used some of her designs...very simplified for my first attempts. Mine are very humble in comparison but...someday... Check her out... she is one of my blog heroines! You will definitely find something you LOVE there!


  1. Oh my goodness Lindsey. This is amazing. I wish I lived closer, I would pay you to cook for me!! I would love to say, I would pay you to teach me to cook, but honestly, cooking is not my best feauture, so I would much rather pay you to cook for me! I would never tell Eric that you made them, and he would be so proud!!

  2. This so great to see and watch you do something you love doing. I have tasted your cookies and they are great, yummy as a matter of fact. I am excited to watch you and try to keep up with all the baking.

  3. Thanks for your comments and enthusiam. Some might think I am a nut job for trying this out. Nutty or not...I appreciate the encouragement!!!


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