- 1 What is the best way to decorate cookies?
- 2 What is needed to decorate Christmas cookies?
- 3 How long should cookies sit before icing?
- 4 What kind of icing goes on sugar cookies?
- 5 What tip do you use for flooding cookies?
- 6 How do you practice royal icing?
- 7 Can you decorate cookies with melted chocolate?
- 8 What tip do you use to decorate sugar cookies?
- 9 How long do decorated sugar cookies last?
How to Decorate Cookies: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Tools to Use. These items make decorating easier: candy sprinkles, mini offset spatula, squirt bottle, piping bag and food coloring.
- Royal Icing.
- Start with Outlining Icing.
- Add Food Coloring.
- Steady-Hand Tip.
- Filling In Cookies.
- Adding Solid Colors.
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.
Bake your cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your cookie. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.
With a hint of almond extract, this creamy frosting is the perfect compliment for any sugar cookie recipe. More Frosting Flavors can be found in these posts:
- Berry Buttercream Frosting.
- Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting.
- Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting.
- Easy Marshmallow Frosting.
- Cream Cheese Frosting.
- Lemon Frosting.
And some piping tips. I always use Wilton piping tip #4 for outlining and flooding the cookie with icing. This is a wonderful basic piping tip to have in your collection. For any detail, I use a thinner round tip like Wilton piping tip #1 (super thin) and Wilton piping tip #2 (thin).
How do you practice royal icing?
HOW TO PIPE A STRAIGHT LINE
- Don’t overfill your piping bags.
- When piping don’t put too much pressure onto the piping bag.
- To pipe even straight lines put even pressure on the piping bag.
- Try to lift up the tip of the piping bag slightly above the surface so the icing slowly falls on the surface.
- Try not to rush.
DIP up to one-half of a cookie into melted chocolate and place on parchment-lined tray. Sprinkle with decorations or drizzle with additional melted chips, as desired. Repeat with each cookie. Refrigerate until chocolate and decorations are set, about 30 minutes.
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.
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.