There are two reasons I started this blog:
1. Because I love to bake!
2. Because I want to learn how to decorate cookies...and decorate them WELL. (Not the kind of decorate you do at Christmas when you're 5 years old with red sprinkles and candy canes.) Hence the name Dainty Glaze, which has been put on hold until I actually master the art of daintily glazing a cookie. In the meantime, I share with you all my latest dessert discoveries, and my cookie decorating learning process.
There are only about 5 million steps to decorating a cookie - finding a good cookie recipe, choosing a shape, rolling/cutting/baking, learning how to make royal icing (with the right consistency), choosing colours, choosing a pattern, and then the hardest part of all: actually decorating. And somehow I'm still surprised when they don't turn out the way I envisioned!
That being said, I have finally mastered 2 steps of the cookie making process: the cookie recipe, and the royal icing. Oh yes, and making relatively straight lines.
I'm not sure where I originally found the following recipes, but in my butterfly-cookie-making-endeavor today I adapted them and they worked PERFECTLY!
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream sugar and butter.
Add egg and vanilla. Mix.
Add dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms.
Refrigerate for one hour before rolling, cutting and baking at 350.
*Hint: Use lots of flour when rolling the dough - put it all over your work surface and rolling pin.
2 egg whites
2 tsp. lemon juice
3 C. icing sugar
Beat egg whites with lemon juice until soft peaks form.
Sift in icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add 1 Tbsp. water at a time to thin icing if necessary.
*Hint: Use meringue powder instead of egg whites. A friend of mine sent me a can of powder and I think it works a lot better than egg whites. 1 tsp. powder + 1 Tbsp. water = 1 egg white.
*Hint #2: Don't believe anyone when they say you need electric beaters - I whipped up my icing by HAND baby.
So there it is, my most recent attempt. Now that the recipes are mastered, perhaps next time I will master more of the art of decorating. And eventually, you will be sitting at a wedding, all bored and hungry, and one of my cookies will be sitting in front of you looking all delicious and beautiful, and you'll eat it and remember me. :)