The luck of the Irish must not have been with me during my first go with Royal Icing!
Well, after all, I am Danish and French! My children are part Irish…but they weren’t here helping me make these cookies!
One of my goals for this year….try new ingredients, products or gadgets for the kitchen.
My first new product, dehydrated buttermilk….a success! (See January post…http://wp.me/p2e6iL-sz).
Second new product…
I think there is plenty of room for improvement. I’m sure it was baker error!
The purpose of this kitchen adventure was to find a ‘travels well’ frosting.
I am quite fond of sugar cookies and have made hundreds, if not thousands, of them over the years. In all of those years, however, I have never sent frosted sugar cookies to loved ones. I have been experimenting with ‘travels well’ cookies since moving faw away from kids and grandkids. Standard, frosted cookies have not been in the goodie boxes yet. I have never frosted my sugar cookies with anything but cream cheese frosting or a simple icing (always preferring the cream cheese frosting). As I understand it, ‘royal icing’, is a good option for cookies that need to travel or for a crunchier cookie, as the icing that I usually make has a tendency to make a cookie soft after a while, due to the fat content in the icing (butter and cream cheese).
After searching numerous recipes and tutorials available on the internet I decided on using meringue powder. The result was not what I wanted or expected! These cookies did not disappoint in taste but I will go back to the drawing board on the royal icing. The royal icing was a royal pain!
You may notice that my cookies are not perfect!
What I learned from my research…you need two bowls of frosting. One bowl must be a thicker consistency for outlining the cookie.
When outline is dry… ‘flood’ the cookies with a thinner icing.And the end result…
Some of the cookies that I found online…
had a consistency similar to that of the frosting that I made.
these cute little smiley face cookies seem to be a different consistency . The recipe details indicate that the frosting dries hard and shiny.
These are so cute and I must make these to send to a friend out West. It will make her ‘happy little self’ (one of her expressions)…happy!
I will give the Royal Icing another go for some Easter cookies and hope for the desired result.
Until we meet again at The Range I leave you with…