I haven’t made cookies in a while because they are fairly time-consuming, but I found some of my pictures and thought that I would share my favorite references.
I found the information detailed by Sweetopia to be most helpful, plus she has adorable pictures of her creations!
Sugar cookie recipe: http://sweetopia.net/2009/12/sugar-cookie-recipe/
* I halve the recipe and get about 32-36 cookies from the batch
* I used baking powder, but the last batch really spread, so I might consider leaving it out entirely next time.
Royal icing recipe (makes enough to ice the 32-36 cookies I get from the above recipe):
5 T water
3 T meringue powder
4c sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla (added at the very end)
Directions: mix the water and meringue powder using a whisk until well mixed. Add all the powdered sugar to the mixer bowl, and beat at low speed (I use level 2 on my KitchenAid stand mixer) with a towel over the bowl for 7-10 minutes until thick and creamy. Add vanilla at the very end. I didn’t use clear because I wasn’t concerned with the color.
I studied and followed this page while I was teaching myself how to ice my cookies with Royal Icing: http://sweetopia.net/2009/09/how-to-decorate-cookies-with-royal-icing-top-10-tips/
I like to outline and flood at the same time, to avoid the obvious line around the edge. My favorite tip for that is the #2. I shoot for around 7 seconds when doing the knife test for consistency.
Here are the pictures of my creations and some of the things I learned while making them.
Star Wars Cookies
– definitely make sure that the icing is thin enough (it was too thick for most of the cookies from the first-ever batch I did – except the blue R2 units)
– the thicker consistency is great for the details though
– the Wookie Cookies were a huge hit, and they stay Chewie!
– without waiting inbetween colors, outline and flood the black, brown, red, grey pick-ups, and black f-holes. This ensures that base layer lays nice and flat.
– use a white that is slightly thicker than the flooding consistency (it won’t spread as much) — may have to use 2 different whites
– listening to the Barney Kessel station on Pandora is a must while decorating these
– the neck breaks easily if you transport it in your purse. 😛
– use a thicker white/black to add the details of the ninjas
– white was my favorate color; red leaves my tongue very pink all day long
– eat their arms and legs first to avoid having them fight back.