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First, have your beautiful sugar cookies baked and cooled.
To make your sugar cookies professional, I divided the subject into 7 easy-to-follow pages:
The recipes are the most important ‘ingredient’ for successful and professional cookies.
You will need to choose one of these for decorating...
Some states have changed cottage laws. For some, you may not be able to use meringue powder (powdered egg whites) or egg whites. Therefore, you will need to be aware of your state's laws.
If this is the case and you want the royal icing detail look, you will need to go with a sugar cookie glaze. No worries. I have you covered!
About cookie glaze icing.
When I started decorating sugar cookies, I went straight for the glaze. It was the cheapest and least amount of ingredients.
Glaze cookie icing was 'okay'. However, in my experience, after using it for an entire year, I found it was...
I found It!!!
A great glaze recipe that is a close second to royal icing! Click here for the free recipe: Sugar Cookie Glaze Recipe
About royal icing (sugar cookie icing).
On my quest for how to make professional cookies, I switched to royal icing. I was quite nervous because I read it was a nightmare to make and how temperamental it is to work with.
I thought, 'If that's the case, why are there so many cookie artists using it?'
Perhaps I simply got lucky the first go around. With some tweaks, I found the perfect recipe for royal icing.
This royal icing recipe is so amazing. It is...
It's sure to impress!
The flavor is stupendous. This sugar cookie icing is easily interchangeable with your favorite extract flavorings. I've never had it fail me. Not once.
One thing I love about it is that it decreases the chances of color-bleed.
What is color-bleed?
This occurs by way of 2 possible reasons:
How to make professional cookies isn't just for royal icing or glaze. Buttercream is a tasty alternative. It adds something special to cookies. (Follow the buttercream link for 2 free downloads)
The flavor and texture are undeniably delicious.
Just keep in mind you won't be able to achieve the fine detail that you do with royal icing or glaze.
But mmmm does it ever taste dreamy on my sugar cookies.
Decorating sugar cookies with fondant? Sure! It can give a beautiful effect on sugar cookies.
Because you mostly use a cookie cutter to cut the fondant and place it in the same size and shape as the cutout cookie, the edges are true and sharp.
You can get special impression molds to give texture.
There are also stamps you can buy for the fondant.
The problem I see with fondant is there are a lot of people who don't like the taste and/or texture of it. If you do want to use it for a customer, make sure and ask them first.
A few pros are:
Decide which of these mediums you would like to go with.
Since royal icing is most synonymous with sugar cooking decorating, I will be centering on that for this site.
Go ahead and click this image to download my Superior Royal Icing recipe.
The Ultimate, Best, Most Delicious Sugar Cookie Recipe for Decorating that sells fast! This recipe is...
It won't spread when baked, bakes completely flat for perfect decorating, and the dough or baked cookies can be frozen for many months.
Oh...and it makes customers extremely happy!
Honestly, you would have to look high and low to find a recipe that would top this one for sugar cookies.
If you would like to skip ahead and go to Royal Icing Flooding directions, click this link.
If you want a bunch of questions answered about edible cookie images and how-to videos, click on this page: Edible Cookie Images
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You now have the background and all the tips. Just click on each of the page links. Each page will bring you right back to this one so you won't lose your place.
Here are some decorated sugar cookies with different techniques to inspire you. Enjoy.
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