Friday, April 24, 2009

cookie decorating

Our Relief Society does a Dessert of the Month, and there is such a wonderful, talented woman in our ward who decorates better than Martha Stewart! She hosted at her home last night and we had a fabulous time as she demonstrated, and then getting to try our own hand at it!!
Here is my finished product, for a rookie!

I made a special one for each kid!

I made one with an M on it, but Maddox preferred the tennis ball...with the way he loves tennis, he just might make a living out of it!

My absolute favorite tasting cookie was the Gingerbread. She had a variety of Chocolate Cut-Out cookies and Sugar cookies...those were delicious as well.

Gingerbread Recipe (Kaye Wallace)

Makes about 3 dozen, depending on size

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  • 5 cups all purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup shortening (unsalted butter can be substituted)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dark, unsulfered molasses

In a large bowl, sift flower, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Add flour mixture, and beat on low until combined. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic and flatten into disks. Chill 1 hour.

On lightly floured work space, roll out dough to 1/3 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Rotate baking sheets in oven half way through baking time. Let cool completely on sheets, then transfer to wire cooling racks, before decorating.

Royal Icing (Martha Stewart)

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 lb. confectioners' sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. meringue powder
  • Scant 1/2 cup warm water
  • Gel-paste, liquid, or powdered food coloring

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine all the ingredients, except food coloring, on low speed. Mix until fluffy yet dense, 7-8 minutes. Use icing immediately, or transfer to air-tight container (royal icing hardens quickly when exposed to air). Beat well with a spatula before using.

To thin royal icing for flooding (filling areas with a thin layer of icing), stir in additional water 1 teaspoon at a time. Test consistency by lifting spoon and letting icing drip back into bowl; a ribbon of icing on the surface should remain for 5 to 7 seconds before settling back.

To color icing, dip the tip of a toothpick into the food coloring and then into the icing. Mix with a rubber spatula, adding more color on a new toothpick until desired shade is reached.

Icing tips

  • Royal icing can be made with egg whites instead of meringue powder. Use the freshest eggs possible! Care should be given if serving egg whites to children, pregnant women and older adults.
  • If you add too much water when thinning your icing, just put more powdered sugar in to achieve the correct consistency.
  • When using the "flooding" technique, make an outline around the border of the cookie then flood the inside of the outline with the background color first. Next, drop the other colors and designs on top of that. If you try to put the design down first, it will get lost in the "flood".
  • If your cookie design is very intricate, use a stiff icing to outline each color, then fill in with the "flooding" technique.


Tara said...

WOW!!! Great job.. they look fantastic. And soo delicious =)

The Petersons said...

Those look incredible!!!! And super delicious!

Allred Family said...

Those look WONDERFUL......I have always wanted to try Royal Icing....Maybe it's about time!!!!!!
Love the background....super cute :)

Shannon said...

Keyyooot!!! I wish I could get mind to look so nice. Sounds like you had a great time. :)

Lynette said...

Wow, you guys have been up to alot! Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday to Bryanna, and super good job on your cookies!