Again, wow! I can’t believe we are already at the end of this course, and thus the end of my major project. It has been a very busy semester filled with dough and icing. My fiancé has appreciated all the baking popping up every weekend, but I am not sure if my waistline agrees with that appreciation (hahah). Let’s take a look back at this journey!
Each week, I decided to try a different technique or style of cookie decorating. I found a lot of my ideas on Pinterest, and also had some ideas previously from watching many baking shows over the years.
What did I miss?
Although I think I did a great job trying many different techniques and challenging myself to complete many different cookie tasks, there are still some things from my original plan that did not make the cut!
- Writing- Writing on cookies was something I was hoping to tackle, but did not get around to trying. In the future, I would like to try writing on cookie (both with edible marker and with icing).
- Cookie Class – I was hoping to get a chance to try a cookie decorating class. With COVID, I was not able to find anything locally offered in person. I did however find some online options with either live or pre-recorded classes. The time got away from me and it was something I never got the chance to try. Next time I am bored and have some free time, I would like to check out a class.
- Cookie Kits- I toyed with the idea of making my final week cookie kits instead of various Christmas cookies. Cookie kits are boxes containing cookies, icing, and sprinkles which people can purchase to decorate at home. Although I think this would have been a great side project for a bit of extra cash, I felt that my icing making skills were not up to what I would like them to be in order to take this on. I also thought that it would be best for my final week to showcase my own decorating, and not simply the assembly of something else. Perhaps next time I am feeling a bit creative, I will try them out.
Even though there are some tasks that I never got to try, I am happy with the techniques I have learned. I will hopefully get around to trying some of these other tasks in the future!
Tips & Tricks
I am definitely no professional, but I have learned a few tips and tricks that I would like to share with you in case you ever want to give cookie decorating a try yourself!
Links, Links, Links!!!
I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of links to all my favourites in once place- just for y’all.
I am very happy that I chose to take on cookie decorating for my major learning project. I believe that this was a great opportunity for me to explore something that I have always considered trying out. I enjoyed getting the chance to challenge myself to something that was new, but still related to a passion of mine (baking). I think that my cookie decorating skills have definitely improved over the weeks. I have found a few go-to recipes as well as an icing recipe that seems to be working. I am hoping to continue to work on my flooding skills – I would like to get the flood nice and smooth all the way to the edge of the cookie without it dripping over. Although the royal icing cookies looks super nice once they are dry, I preferred working with the buttercream icing as it was easier for me to use. With that being said, I do think that the royal icing cookies look much fancier. I found that I still struggled to get the right consistencies with the royal icing. This is just another thing I can continue to work on improving. I am hoping to find the time to continue to practice cookie decorating. However, for now my focus will be on all of our regular Christmas baking. Then, I think I will take a break and go back to cakes and cupcakes for awhile as I have been missing those!
Thank you to all who followed along on this journey! I will leave you all with some final questions:
1. Which week of cookies was your favourite?
2. Any suggestions on cookies (or other types of baking) that I should try out in the future?
3. Have you ever decorate cookies before? How did it go? If not, are you wanting to try it out now?