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post #16 of 27
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CindyM - I have to say it worked and saved an order for me, but it was very nerve-wracking drilling holes in already decorated cookies wondering if each one was going to crack. I wouldn't want to do it all the time.

I hear a lot of people having problems with the sticks so I feel very lucky, but I think the sticks are the easiest things to work with (when you don't forget them!). Maybe if you wrote here exactly why you think you have a problem with them I could help you out...or pm me. I'd be glad to help.
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post #17 of 27
wait.

where and how did you drill the hole? do you have a picture of what it looked like with a stick? i just can't picture it. the cookie in your pics looked so cute!
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post #18 of 27
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cupcakeshoppe - I drilled holes in the cookies in the same place a stick would go if you were making cookies on a stick. If you go to my flickr site you'll see the picture of the bridesmaid dress cookies after I drilled the holes and put the sticks into. HTH!
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post #19 of 27
Hello Ladie,

For those who asked regarding my 'switching flour' comment, I read an article in Cook's Illustrated about how different flours can yield different results. They tested different brands with a variety of bqked goods. I focused in on cookies (imagine that!). Gold Medal scored highest with G.M. Enriched Bleached All-Purpose Flour winning for 'Icebox cookies" and G.M. Unbleached All-Purpose Flour winning for "Chocolate Chip Cookies". I figured "Icebox Cookies" was the closest to the NFSC I make, so I had been using the G.M. Bleached Presifted All-Purp. Flour.

One day, I realized I was out of my normal flour and needed to make some right away, so I grabbed the G.M. Bleached Presifted All-Purp. I found that it really held the detail much better than the one I was using before - i.e. - it didn't spread as much. I used that flour again with the same results, which worked well as I was doing a cookie that I didn't want to spread and ruin the design (a small daisy that I wanted the petals to 'stay where they needed to' vice puff out.) I have not done a side-by-side test at the same time with the two flours, but always make my dough the same, prechilling before cutting and chilling again before baking.

So... that is what I meant by switching flours icon_biggrin.gif
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post #20 of 27
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Interesting!
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post #21 of 27
It really made a difference for me!
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post #22 of 27
Hmm... I may have spoken too soon after just doing a batch. It might be how soft the butter was when I creamed it...or the roon temp... how long I mixed it...if it was a full moon Either way, I will do a completely thorough test with all variables being the same except for the flour once the kids start school and I get my head above water to see if what I thought was valid or not.
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post #23 of 27
Okay, last time I am going to attach a message onto poor bakincc's forum message! I typed entirely too fast (note the "Hello Ladie" vice "Ladies". Who am I... Jerry Lewis?). So excuse the typos and the flour I used in place of the normal one is the G.M. Unbleached All-Purpose flour not the incorrect one I typed. But... I am still testing that hypothesis!
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post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by bakinccc

Thanks a bunch to whoever posted that information. It saved me a ton of work!!



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Glad to hear you tried it and it worked. Sounds like you set it up exactly right. I am the guilty one of posting that, just now saw this thread. I know the whole thing sounds crazy but it really works great. For the record, I was mistaken, it was not Cookies By Design I worked for, it was Cookie Creations.

We made hundreds of cookies every day and this was much faster than trying to bake the cookies on a stick.

I know when I first posted that info some members thought the cookies would have to be really hard, but they are not. Also, our cookies and icing were both very tasty, unlike the experience others had with orders from Cookies By Design.
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post #25 of 27
Thank you Tracy, I will also try the flour test, the cookies I did this weekend, held the shape generally well, but I would love it to be a tad crisper if that makes sense. and thank you for commenting on my picture. It really makes my day, I am still very afraid my work just doesn't compare to some of you ladies our there. But i will continue to try icon_smile.gif
post #26 of 27
Pinksugarbee - We are all trying and no matter the different levels of cookie decorating that you see here on CC, everyone all started as beginners. I learned early on not to compare my work to others (far too depressing!), but instead to be inspired by their 'cookie greatness' to try new techniques.

Will I ever be as good as kneadacookie? Nope, but I can learn from her use of glace how to make image appear through layers. Will I ever be as polished as Antonia74? Another resounding nope, but I can see her cookies and try harder to get her incredible, professional look (admittedly, a stretch!). I look at JenWhitlock's creativity, bakinccc's wonderful quality, helpful hints and great ideas, yankeegal's fabulous use of black outlining (among other things), Peeverly's great design ideas, how Joanne914 fabulous designs, McMama's very creative, whimsical cookies, CindyM's great colors and incredible attention to detail, and have you seen Nancy's Fancy Cookies? Oh...my!, ... and the list goes on and on.

The bottom line is that we all are trying and don't worry about comparing your work to others. I would hang up my pastry bags if I did that. No matter what level we are all on, I think we all draw inspiration from one another and I think with each new technique we try and the more practice we get, we all keep learning and improving.
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post #27 of 27
Wow [b[b:de309aa3fa]]bakinccc[/b:de309aa3fa][/b] I just looked at your cookies and they are totally amazing.
I'm new to cookie decorating and hope to be even half as good as you someday.
Just one question what sort of icing do you use in your pictures your icing is so shiny and smooth.
Look forward to seeing what you create in the future.
Ta Maria
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