You know when you glomp onto a new idea and you just want to learn everything about it and try to figure out what it’s all about, hokey pokey style? In October I got mildly obsessed with royal icing sugar cookies. I’ve made these horridly time consuming things before. But this time – I turned my frown upside down and tackled royal icing sugar cookies with a new attitude – that slow and repetitive doesn’t have to mean painful. It can in fact be relaxing, meditative. That is, when you’re not cursing royal icing’s name for stiffening up or being too loose-y goose-y.
These cookies, they look pretty cool, right? Like I know what I’m doing? I like to think I know a little bit more of what I’m doing, now that I read Patti Paige of Baked Ideas‘ book You Can’t Judge A Cookie By Its Cutter from cover to cover and obsessed over Sweet Ambs’ YouTube videos for hours straight until I went bleary eyed. Then, cookies baked and cooled, royal icing whipped and coloured and portioned, I went to town on these ice cream cones. It was so fun, and low key, and dare I say peaceful making these cookies. Plus, they’re cheaper to mess around with than macaron-making – something else I want to practice at.
Sweet resources for getting wacky wild sugar cookie zone inspired:
Basic sugar cookie recipe from Martha Stewart – that lady knows a thing or two.
Royal icing recipe using meringue powder! Take it easy adding tiny bits of water a little at a time.
The Alison Show: Alison’s Cookie Party (this video brings the PARTY into sugar cookie party! Fun modern ideas galore!)
I find just watching Sweet Ambs’ YouTube video tutorials I learn so much. Her level of detail is pretty amazing!
I came across Patti Paige’s cookie business Baked Ideas on Instagram and fell in love with her clever use of cookie cutters.
Holly Fox’s instagram is so perfectly colourful and well designed. Her cookies are modern and perfect!
Another sugar cookie kawaii master: my pal Vickie!
Kaori of Acorn Milk Sweets will knock your socks off with insane cuteness and colour palette!
Got any favourite cookie makers or tips you’d like to share? Or hell hath no fury like royal icing sugar cookie making? Hoping you’re well, cake friends! xo Lyndsay
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