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I just don't understand it I guess!

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I made easter cookies this weekend and I had the worse time ever! I just wanted to give up! I printed off the article on here about how to bake and decorate cookies, made my royal icing in advance and everything. I get up Saturday moring start rolling out cookie dough and begin my very long journey. My cookies turned out great, but the icing technique was a battle all on it's own. I fluffed up the royal icing a bit, put some in a bag and began to TRY to outline my cookies and I could not even pipe it. So I thinned it out just a tad and then my outline still looked really ugly so i just attempted to flood it in freehand. I don't get the flooding thing either. Am I just that dumb? I think they turned out ok for a beginner. I am going to post them as soon as I can tell let you you all give me some good advice on what I done wrong but until then I have some questions........

1) To outline do you thin it at all and if so how much?

2) Can someone explain the flooding technique in maybe words that I can comprehend?

3) How much do you flood in, mine looked really flat compared to some on here.

4) what's up with those air bubbles when I flood?

Thanks for all your help in advance!!!
post #2 of 5
Kim,

I am by no means a cookie expert, but I'll give it a shot. Did you use a icing bag with a tip to outline? I have a hard time without a tip, shaky hands. If you used a tip, what size did you use? As for the bubbles, it helps if you keep you icing "buried" in the icing. What I mean is, don't hold the tip above the cookie and let it fall onto the cookie because that is what (I think) causes air bubbles. Hope this will help a little. I think it just takes some practice. I haven't done any since Christmas and the first dozen or so looked awful and then I kinda got in a groove and they looked pretty nice by the time I finished. (Of course I just had to eat the ones that didn't turn out!!HeeHee)

Cindy
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keep at it....cindy had some great advice ad I think if you keep trying, you'll pick it up in no time. Good Luck! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif
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Though it feels like I am cheating by not using a pastry bag & tip, I have found that using squeeze bottle to both outline and fill in the cookies works best for me. I also found thru trial and error, the proper thinning level for both the outline and flooding that works for me. With the bottles, I tap them upside down to force the bubbles in the icing up - still end up with a few, but a very pointy toothpick or straight pin standing by to pop bubbles helps.

deb
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Thank you very much! You guys really know how to make someone feel better and thanks for the tips!!
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