Thursday, October 27, 2011

Royal Icing Halloween Cutout Cookies

There are two things in the baking world that I have never really gotten along with: Pastry and Icing. Until yesterday, I have only ever tried making icing one way, the way that my mother makes it: a bit of butter, some icing sugar and a bit of milk. Add sugar and milk to get the consistency and amount you need. I always end up with it to watery, and then by the time it thickens enough, it is to sweet.

I've always admired the cookies in the blogs I follow. Beautiful designs with crisp lines of icing. I've always wanted to try them, but have been a bit scared. Finally, I broke down. Let's do this! My team is having a bake sale at work this Friday, and I was asked to make something. I decided I was going to make Halloween cut-outs. I poked around a few blogs until I found the tutorial that I had read awhile ago. This is what I used, and this is my result!

A massive THANK YOU to Bake at 350. I borrowed her recipes. I did not make it my own because I was a bit afraid to experiment with something new.

Rather than share her recipe, I am just going to link to it. The recipe is in such a wonderful post, I think it deserves it. Here It Is. You have to watch them, you can see from my first tray, they very quickly go from 'almost' to 'done'. :-)

Subsequent trays turned out much better. I used this recipe because I know it was tried and true, but also because my own sugar cookiealways turn out puffed, I was afraid the icing would roll off. These ones baked out nice and flat, perfect for piping.

The recipe I used for the Royal Icing is also from Bake at 350, and it can be found HERE. Again, I am not posting the recipe because her instructions and pictures are so much better, I do not want to mangle it! Usually I squiggle recipes down in my little notebook, this time I actually sent it through the printer and followed it word for word. As you can see above, I have a bit of a shaky hand when it comes to piping straight lines, but it improved with practise. I was surprised at the amount of strength it took to squeeze the icing bag! It was a good muscle workout!

I had lots of leftover icing, so I used up some leftover marshmallows and lollipop sticks to make these. I just wrapped them in lollipop bags with a piece of skull ribbon. I got about a dozen, so I will donate them to the bake sale as well.

So I think my first foray into Royal Icing was a success. I can't wait for Christmas so I can make more! Hopefully they will sell well at the bake sale. They were fun to make and taste delicious! I have a few broken pieces for my cookie jar, and a couple that didn't fit into my container for the bake sale. Testers for the baker!

Hope everyone is having a great week! I can't believe another one is almost gone already, these cookies were a two night project, so they kept me busy!

Have fun, everyone!


  1. Pastry isn't my thing either! You did a great job!

  2. You did great, what a fun treat for the kids.

  3. They look awesome!

    You are making me want to get to work in the kitchen...

  4. Thank you, apparently one person bought all the cookies at the bake sale, and the black marshmallows turned everyone's mouths purple! Oops! :-)