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« on: December 26, 2005 06:14:34 AM »

I haven't made decorated cookies for about 12 years now - I think the last batch I made were for the christmas party for my senior year of highschool, where I got paid to make 120 elaborately decorated christmas tree cookies. So I definately felt out of practice with these - but think they still turned out to be something I can be proud of.

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Yes, each one is different. After a while I had to start googling 'snowflake cookies' to get more ideas. 

And to top it off, I was given a copy of The Cookie Bible  for christmas too! Whee.. more cookies to be made soon!

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005 11:14:43 AM »

wow! those are amazing. look yummy too. what kind of icing is that. I like it. it seems like you poured it on and it dried hard? seems easy then frosting in the can stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005 12:38:06 PM »

The frosting was so easy to make...

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 - 3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Flavoring
Food coloring

First, either sift the sugar, or just stir it well to break up any lumps - stiring worked fine for me. Then, add the milk a little at a time You're better off starting with something TOO thick at first. Mix in the corn syrup (for shine), food coloring, and if you're using it, flavorings. Be warned, if your flavorings have color to them, they'll affect the frosting. I had to get rid of a batch that turned YELLOW when I added vanilla. Then, after everything is added, add a little more milk if needed to get the right consistancy.

I frosted the cookies a couple of different ways - was playing with techniques. First batch I made the base coat fairly runny and used a  squeeze bottle first traced the shape of the cookies REALLY close to t he edge so that the frsting would drip down and cover the sides, then I just covered the entire top with the squeeze bottle. The problem I had with taht was that the frosting was too thin and I had to do a 2nd coat to keep the cookie from showing through the frosting.

2nd batch, I made the frosting thicker - piped a border just inside the edges of the cookies, then again with the squeeze bottle and slightly thinned down frosting, flooded the insides to fill them in. Again, I discovered that the 'thicker' frosting I used wasn't thick enough, it still dripped down the sides.  So a third batch I made, I used the same technique but the border frosting was stiff enough to hold it's shape - and then flooded the centers with the squeeze bottle again. Those were the neatest looking onces I got.

I left those cookies to dry - the recipe I use dries pretty fast - within 30 minutes they had a crust, in 3 hours they were hard enough to pipe a second color onto them.

The actual snowflake was made with plain white frosting that was fairly thick. As soon as I finished piping, I spooned regular sugar over the cookie and gently tipped it off. But with the frosting being so thick, not much sugar stuck on them. I had better results doing it in stages, where after each part of piping, I put sugar on there. But that just took WAY too long.

The only time I use canned stuff is if I'm frosting a cake. For cookies I prefer home made where I can adjust the consistancy myself for whatever is needed. This stuff dried hard, but not TOO hard the way royal icing does. And it doesn't use raw egg whites either, which is a bonus.

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2005 07:00:13 AM »

Har! I have to disagree! There is NO cookie too pretty to eat! Nice job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005 09:37:20 AM »

cool. I will have to try this sometime. thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005 07:55:44 PM »

Those are awesome!!! How many did you make? They are so ornate. That looks like a project that would end up in the garbage if I tried to do it! Good job.
P.S. I agree with Crafty Chef, no cookie is too pretty to eat. Or too ugly.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005 11:38:21 PM »

Those are awesome!!! How many did you make? They are so ornate. That looks like a project that would end up in the garbage if I tried to do it! Good job.
P.S. I agree with Crafty Chef, no cookie is too pretty to eat. Or too ugly.

I agree too.. no cookie is too pretty.. that's why these were *almost* too pretty .. but still got eaten!

The cookie cutters I had came in 4 sizes... so I made about a dozen of the biggest ones, and then maybe a total of a dozen of the other sizes combined. But the 2 smallest sizes didn't look good once piped with the snowflake because my tip was too big - so I didn't bother photographing those. The next to biggest size came out pretty good - I had 3 of those and 2 are included in the photos.

Half way through I started running out of ideas for snowflakes and had to run to my computer to google "snowflake cookies" to find images of ones other people have made for inspiration. LOL!

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2005 01:31:40 PM »

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"That's what she said." I just had to say it... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2006 04:00:12 PM »

nice! hm...snowflake cookie cutters. haha, im just getting a list of things i need for my kitchen today Tongue *bundt pan * cookie cutters Tongue i really liked the green snowflakes, that rocks!
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