Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cookie Art. Beret optional.

Don't get me wrong...I love cupcakes.  

I love decorating them.  I love eating them.  I love giving them B-boy names and letting them battle it out on the cooling rack dancefloor.

But I was craving a new medium to work with.  

Enter Sweet Sugar Belle's Flickr page.  This girl is like the Picasso of the cookie world.  Star Wars, flowers, lingerie, Yo Gabba Gabba...you name it, she can create it.  

Once I saw these citrus slice cookies, I knew I had to try my hand at them.

So I did.  And guess what?  They were pretty easy!  I got a ton of oh-em-gees from my family and there wasn't a single bald patch on my head at the end of the process.

Give them a go.  They're fun and summery.

You'll need:

- baked sugar cookies (go with your tried-and-true rolled sugar cookie recipe)
- royal icing (Wilton has an easy recipe if you're using meringue powder)
- piping bottles and/or a pastry bag fitted with a #2 tip
- food coloring (depending on what kind of citrus fruits you're doing)

Pipe an outline on your cookie.  This is called the "dam".

Now "flood" the cookie with more royal icing.

Use a toothpick to spread it out evenly so that it blends with the dam edges.

I said blend it with the dam edges!

 Just kidding.  I suck at being bossy.

While the first layer is still wet, pipe on the details using white royal icing.  This is commonly referred to as the "wet-on-wet" technique.

Place the cookies in a cool, well-ventilated area to dry.  This can take a couple of hours so put aside a few undecorated cookies for snacking purposes.

After you've obsessively watched a few back-to-back episodes of HGTV's House Hunters, check to see if your cookies are done.
Arrange them on a plate and feel your mouth pucker.

Pretty nifty, right?

You can take this sensory experience a step further and add some fresh lemon juice or lemon zest to the batter before baking.  I added lemon juice to the royal icing to give it that extra zing.

When life hands you lemons, make some (dam) cookies.


  1. :-D These are so PRETTY! I don't know why, but I always leave royal iced cookies for Easter and Xmas, but why?? I am hosting a block party this summer and I will definitely try these, as they're a lot simpler than some designs that use fragile shapes and multiple colours.
    Thanks Ali!

  2. Ali, you're amazing. I'm always so excited when you have a new creation to share. Keep up the good work.

  3. Sooo pretty that I want to grab them, stuff them in my mouth and follow it up with some milk. YUM!

    House Hunters rocks. However, sometimes they pick a dumb house.

  4. Thanks ladyfriends!

    Emily - the best thing about these cookies is that you don't have to wait for the first layer to dry before adding the details (the drying time kills me with RI.)

    Margie - I always feel so uncomfortable when they do the "3 months later" update. The housewarming party always seems so forced. "Hey look, I'm cutting up celery for the crudite plate!"

  5. Oh man those'd be really good with the lemon and orange zest.. I love that.

    It vaguely reminds me of those super insanely sugary kind of like gel candy fruit things. No idea what to call them. Maybe you know what I mean?

    Anyway, VERY nice Ali.

  6. "Look at me grilling with some people I just met off the street and wanted to be on the show with me. I'm so happy with the decision we made."


  7. Those look excellent!

  8. Thanks Nicole!

    Liam, I know exactly what you're talking about. And I think they're actually called "super insanely sugary kind of like gel candy fruit things."

  9. Ali, they are gorgeous! I have never used royal icing before, but these look like a lot of fun to make :)

  10. I'm jealous you can make such beautiful creations! Seriously, these would go for like 50 bucks in the city.

  11. YUM these were good! ;) I love a frosted cookie & these were perfect. Muy bueno, Ali! Love you! xoxo

  12. I love how you make the cookies look like lemons and oranges. Super cute.