- 1 Do you let cookies cool before decorating?
- 2 What is needed to decorate cookies?
- 3 What tip do you use to decorate sugar cookies?
- 4 How can I decorate better for cookies?
- 5 How do you decorate cookies after baking?
- 6 How do professionals decorate cookies?
- 7 How do you make sprinkles stick to cookies without icing?
- 8 How long will decorated sugar cookies last?
- 9 Can I make roses with royal icing?
- 10 Can you use candy melts to decorate cookies?
Not waiting for the cookies to cool completely. The first step to making beautifully decorated cookies is making sure the cookies are completely cooled when you begin adding the icing. Play it safe by making it a two-day process: Bake the cookies one day, then decorate the next day.
Here’s what you need:
- cookie cutters – I love this set.
- couplers – only needed if you ‘re using the same icing color, but need to switch tips.
- piping bags – I prefer the 16 inch size for decorating.
- gel food coloring – get the whole set.
- round piping tips.
For tip sizes, my favorite tip is #2; it’s great for outlining and filling in. For larger cookies use tip #3 or #4 and for smaller cookies use tip #1.
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Cookie Decorating
- Always, ALWAYS make more royal icing of each color and consistency than you think you’ll need.
- Dough thickness makes a difference.
- Freeze your cut out cookies for 5 minutes.
- You don’t need a custom cookie cutter to make a custom shape.
- You don’t need to pipe AND flood your base layer of royal icing.
Add sprinkles after baking You can use frosting or an egg wash to get sprinkles to stick to baked cookies. Whichever method you use, start with cookies that have cooled completely. Top the cookies with frosting (homemade or purchased) that is soft but not too runny. (Sprinkles will not stick to dry, stiff frosting.)
How to Decorate a Sugar Cookie Like a Pro
- Master Icing Consistency. The biggest decorating mistake is icing consistency.
- Keep the Equipment Simple. Don’t buy a lot of equipment right away.
- Find a Recipe That Works for You.
- Roll the Dough to a Quarter Inch.
- Switch to Gel Food Coloring.
- Practice Piping and Make a Plan.
- Pipe Straight Lines First.
- Learn to Turn.
Use a pastry brush to coat top of cookie and then sprinkle to your hearts content. If you also decide to use a little decorator icing for accent, let the glaze dry enough to at least have a hard “crust” on it or the icing won’t stick.
Storage and Packaging For Decorated Cookies They will stay fresh for 3 to 4 weeks after that (depending on what cookie recipe you’re using). If you don’t have a heat sealer or cello bags, an airtight container will keep them fresh for a few days.
Can I make roses with royal icing?
The consistency isn’t the issue because the icing is very thick. Instead, the issue for me is the humidity so making the base for the rose ahead of time is what worked the best for me. Royal icing flowers are great decorations for your cookies and you can make them in so many different colors.
Use Candy Melts for Easier Cookie Decorating After the candy chips are melted in the microwave (or over very low heat on the stovetop), they’re transformed into a glossy icing that’s perfect for decorating cookies. It has a consistency that’s thick, but thin enough to be pushed through a piping bag or squeeze bottle.