DIY Iced Cookies: Get Ready For Holiday Cookie Fun
Rachel Miller Icing a cookie without a visible edge is easier than you think.
If you ever wondered how they are able to fill in the whole cookie with color, so perfectly, I will now share the secret with you.
For those new to the piping game, all the little metal piping tips you use will have a number on the side. This is the size of the tip. Using a small tip, (I used a size 4 tip on this heart cookie.) pipe the outline of the cookie. In the photos above, I used two slightly different colored purple icings, so that you can see the difference of what I am doing.
Rachel Miller Have fun with icing cookies, or parchment paper.
The next step is to "flood" the cookie with more icing. I add a little water to some of my royal icing, to make it little looser, so that it will flood better. Using a size 6 tip, retrace the same line you drew with the number 4 tip. The icing you put down with the number 4 tip is now acting as a retaining barrier for the icing you are using to flood.
After drawing the outline a second time with the size 6 tip, fill in the interior. By dragging the tip a bit in the icing, it may spread the icing perfectly, creating a smooth surface. If not, you can immediately using a small offset spatula to smooth. If you haven't thinned your flooding icing enough or you wait too long, you can get ridges in your perfect cookie top. Play around and see what works.
I also use my fingers to clean up around the edges while the icing is still damp and not very set. Work quickly if you need to clean up a bit of a crooked edge, as once the icing starts to set, your mistakes and the attempted clean up will be more noticeable. If your icing is difficult to pipe, breaking as you are piping, add a bit of water to loosen it.
After allowing your cookie icing to harden, now you can decorate! Bring on the piggy sprinkles and sanding sugar!
Rachel Miller is a pastry chef and food writer in Phoenix, where she bakes, eats, and single-handedly keeps her local cheese shop in business. You can get more information about her pastry at www.pistolwhippedpastry.com, or on her blog at www.croissantinthecity.com.