Well… better late than never! Last weekend, I attempted a new type of cookie decorating. Right after I made these beauties, I came down with flu. This weekend, I finally feel energized enough to blog about them, but I will not be making a new set. Hence the 3/4 combined post. Let’s begin!
A few years ago, I followed my first cookie decorator, Hayley Cakes and Cookies. Hayley runs a bakery out of Austin TX. I found her account on my Facebook suggested for you videos. She would post time lapse videos of her decorating cookies and cookie cakes.
One thing I have noticed since starting my cookie decorating journey is that there seems to be two main styles of cookie decorating: royal icing and buttercream. Royal icing is the style that is most commonly seen in cookie decorating photos. These are the cookies with the very smooth icing that is almost shiny. Buttercream cookies, on the other hand, are decorated using the butter & icing sugar combo that is usually used for cakes and cupcakes. These cookies tend to look less “perfect” as the icing doesn’t settle as smoothly.
This week, I decided to try out the buttercream style of cookies. I took inspiration from Hayley Cakes and Cookies and chose to try some simple Halloween designs.
I assumed that the buttercream icing for cookies would be fairly similar to the buttercream icing that I have used in the past on cakes and cupcakes. To be safe, I googled ‘buttercream cookie icing recipes’ and found this one. I only made half the recipe as I was not decorating the 36 cookies it said a full batch would do. Once I had made the icing, I separated it into three bowls and used my Wilton gel colours to colour them orange, black, and green. I then bagged them all up with no tips (except for the white, which I used a straight line looking type tip) and was ready to go!
I started with a simple pumpkin design. I tried to copy the basic pumpkin face you would typically see around the Halloween season. It was fairly easy to do. The only problem, was that the black icing began to run a bit into the orange by the next day. Here is a video of the pumpkin cookies being decorated! Due to the fact that I would have to pay for WordPress to let me add a video to my post, and I am not about that life. You will have to click the link.
I continued on by doing some simple Frankenstein and mummy cookies. For the eyes, I just used candy eyes that I had previously purchased from Bulk Barn for another project.
Overall, I found that it was a lot easier to decorate with the buttercream icing than the royal icing. I am not sure how much of this has to do with my familiarity with buttercream icing. It was very nice to see how great the cookies turned out. Although they looked great and were less stressful to do, I did find that they were a lot sweeter than the cookies with the royal icing. Also, since buttercream has butter in it, I don’t think they would be good to sit out on the counter for more than a couple days. I sent a snapchat out of my finished product, and an old coworker asked if I was planning on making them again and if she could buy some for her kids. Since I miss seeing her face at work, I told her to come quick and pick up whatever my fiancé had yet to eat.